Some residents said the project should have been housing

A new hotel with 110 guest rooms is heading for Koreatown after the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the project Wednesday.

The seven-story structure will replace a surface parking lot on Harvard Boulevard, just south of Wilshire Boulevard. In addition to the guest rooms, it will also bring a ground-floor restaurant to the area.

But some neighbors told the city’s Planning Commission in March that the project site would have been better used as housing. Commissioner Veronica Padilla-Campos also questioned the need for a hotel in the area, ultimately voting against the project.

“I really cannot get behind this project and take away potential housing of any kind,” she said during the March hearing.

Jordan Beroukhim, planning deputy for Councilmember Herb Wesson, argued that it was not the city’s responsibility to decide what the developer could do with the site. The other members of the planning commission agreed, approving the project in a 5-1 decision.

Now, the city council has finalized that decision, paving the way for construction to get started on the project. According to environmental documents filed with the city, the hotel is expected to open in 2020.

Once complete, it will hold 80 parking spaces in a partly subterranean garage, along with a fitness room and a bit of shared open space for guests to enjoy.

The project is one of dozens of projects on the way to the booming Koreatown neighborhood—including a soon-to-open apartment complex right next door.