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Abandoned Silver Lake church may get a makeover

Plans are in the works to convert an abandoned church in Silver Lake into a boutique hotel and restaurant.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Plans are in the works to convert an abandoned church in Silver Lake into a boutique hotel and restaurant.

A local developer hopes to turn a church in the 1600 block of Griffith Park Boulevard into a 26-room hotel, which would feature a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and outdoor pool.

The hotel would target an upscale clientele in what is considered to be one of Los Angeles' hippest neighborhoods.

Supporters say it would breathe new life into an old eyesore that has been vacant for years. Some residents, however, were against the idea.

At a public hearing Wednesday, people on both sides of the issue presented their opinions to city officials.

The developer has applied for a permit to sell liquor and allow dancing and live entertainment in what is otherwise a residential area.

The developer's web site says the hotel will provide 75 jobs and will conform to the "nature of the community."

The city's planning department isn't expected to rule on the permit application for several weeks.

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