LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The historic Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles – which has captured public fascination with a sordid past highlighted in a recent Netflix documentary – is set to be converted into housing affordable.

The Skid Row Housing Trust held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the hotel’s transformation for the benefit of homeless and vulnerable people.

The hotel at 640 S. Main St. will provide affordable residences to 600 low-income people with one-room occupancy units and efficiency studios between 160 and 176 square feet.

The facility, which was acquired by Simon Baron Development and is operated by the Skid Row Housing Trust, features a secure entrance, community kitchen, laundry room, recreation room and on-site case management services provided by SRHT Health and Social Services.

“Hotel Cecil is a perfect example of the bold and creative solutions needed to reduce the homelessness crisis. We are proud to join forces with Simon Baron Development to welcome 600 neighbors who are currently homeless, homeless or in a precarious situation into their homes. Atilano, director of real estate and investments for Skid Row Housing Trust, said in a statement.

People are eligible for Cecil Hotel units if they earn between 30% and 60% of the region’s median income, but most units are designated for people earning 30% or less.

“Unlike other affordable and permanent supportive housing developments, this project has been funded and will operate on a stand-alone basis with private capital,” said Matt Baron, CEO of Simon Baron Development. “We are really delighted to bring this solution to the growing number of people who are suffering on the streets and in need of housing.”

Cecil Hotel was in the Netflix series

Public fascination with the Cecil Hotel and the mysteries surrounding it was recently rekindled after the death in 2013 of 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam, who was staying at the building’s renowned Stay on Main hotel before. that it was not reported missing and eventually found in the roof water tank.

The hotel was the subject of a 2021 Netflix documentary series titled “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel,” which explored Lam’s death, as well as other dark periods in the history of the hotel.

The hotel is also known for a spate of suicides, deaths, and other violent and bizarre incidents, enough for the story to generate its own Wikipedia page listing at least 18 of these events.

The “Hotel” season of the FX horror anthology series “American Horror Story” was loosely based on the story of the Cecil Hotel.

In 2017, the Los Angeles City Council designated the 1924 building a Historic and Cultural Monument, calling it “a representative example of the American hotel industry at the turn of the 20th century” and “an example of commercial style architecture. Fine Arts ”.

“Located on Main Street, two blocks east of Broadway and one block east of Spring Street, the Cecil Hotel was once billed as ‘convenient to train and ferry stations’ and represents a growing trend in the early 20th century to develop hotels close to urban and commercial centers as opposed to idyllic beach resorts, ”said the Los Angeles Department of Planning report’s recommendation for the designation.

He also notes that the property maintains “a high standard of integrity of location, design, materials, setting, workmanship and feeling,” despite changes made over the years to the interior and outside the building.

Prospective residents of the Cecil Hotel can contact Char Johnson at (213)542-7575 or [email protected] for rental information.

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