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  • Writer's pictureKristina Smith

Converting Hotels and Office Buildings to Housing

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

Daily Breeze Article

(File photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Los Angeles County could add 72,000 to 113,000 units to its housing supply by converting underused hotels, offices and other commercial buildings into apartments, a new study found.

That would represent 9%-14% of the county’s state-mandated housing goal for late 2029.

But such “adaptive reuse” would work best for hotel conversions, and most of those new units would have to be studio apartments to make financial sense, according to a RAND Corp. study released Wednesday, April 6.

In all, the county has about 2,300 underused hotels, office buildings and retail centers available for such conversions, the study found.

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