San Vicente Inn
The San Vicente Inn, 845 S. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, proves the maxim that small hotel entitlements engender every bit as much work as large ones. The respected developer of the Sunset Tower Hotel undertook the project as a labor of love. The Inn previously had a notorious reputation for unsavory patron behavior. KBA was involved from inception in helping the client assess and plan a $20 million rehabilitation and expansion of the historic Inn into a luxury resort. The central challenge was that the underlying R 4 zoning did not allow the needed hotel uses. The project creatively utilized the City’s heretofore rarely used Historic Rehabilitation Incentive to gain approval for a series of otherwise unattainable uses. The project, which abutted residential, enjoyed overwhelming support; such that one Councilman characterized it as ‘the only time in my 12 years in office in which I've seen people who rarely agree on anything come together in support of a project'.