Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Van Nuys Parcel Getting Nondescript Hotel Action (UPDATED)

5746 Sepulveda Boulevard

UPDATE: Documents from the Department of City Planning indicate that the new project shall be a La Quinta Inn and Suites.  Get ready for some knock-off Mission style architecture, Van Nuys.

Low slung Sepulveda Boulevard is starting to grow a little bit taller in Van Nuys.  Back in November, the Department of City Planning received a proposal to redevelop the site of the 32-room El Cortez Motel.  Plans call for the demolition for the parcel's four existing structures, followed by the construction of a four-story hotel containing 73 guest rooms.  The project, situated just a few blocks south of an Orange Line Station, would be served by 60 parking spaces.  The redevelopment of the El Cortez Motel is actually one of two projects in pre-development along this stretch of Sepulveda.  Just two lots to the south, plans are in the works for a 131-unit mixed-use development known as Sepulveda Square.  Of course, the nature and design of the new hospitality project are complete unknowns.  Given the existing auto-oriented hotel and surrounding neighborhood, its difficult to imagine something with pedestrian-friendly urban design here.


  1. Van Nuys is slowly but surely gentrifying! Look forward to contributing to the gentrification in Van Nuys bringing it back to it's old Glory!

    1. I've always had a soft spot for Van Nuys. Hopefully the new north-south busway/light rail line spurs some development.