AJ Khair eyes West Hollywood for hotel-housing complex

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AJ Khair’s Demitri Samaha and renders for 8240 Sunset Blvd (AJ Khair, Getty)

A local developer aims to build a mixed-use hotel and apartment complex in West Hollywood.

AJ Khair, a city-based development and construction firm, has filed plans to build a nine-story hotel coupled with a seven-story apartment building at 8240 Sunset Boulevard, LAYimby reported. They would replace two office buildings, each with two floors.

The hotel-housing complex project, baptized The harpist at sunset, would be located at Sunset and North Harper Avenue. It would include a 172-room hotel, 46 apartments, and 7,000 square feet of shops and restaurants on the ground and eighth floors.

A three-level underground car park would serve 174 cars, according to its website.

The hotel, in a curved building overlooking Sunset, would include a 3,100 square foot lobby, meeting rooms and service areas. It would have a rooftop pool deck, ground floor cafe, courtyard and gardens.

The apartments, in a rectangular building attached to it, would include one- and two-bedroom units, nine of which would be set aside as affordable for low-income households. It would have a private courtyard and roof terrace, with most apartments facing two directions for optimal cross ventilation and natural light.

The Harper, designed by AXIS/GFA of Westwood, would feature the hotel surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass panels with balconies protected by transparent railings. Beige apartments would be trimmed in gray, with plenty of boxes for hanging plants.

A “floating courtyard” with open seating would overlook Sunset Boulevard. An inner courtyard and an oculus would open up to the sky. Digital signs would hang from parts of the resort, including vertical LED signs outside the hotel’s second and third floors.

Pending approvals, the developer hopes to start work in June next year and complete construction in December 2025.

AJ Khair has developed numerous commercial and residential projects in Los Angeles, including a 35-unit mixed-use building in Hollywood, a 49-unit resort in Reseda, and the five-star La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, which opened in 2018.

He filed plans in February to build a 41-unit apartment complex on an industrial corner of Echo Park.

— Dana Barthelemy

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