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The Wilshire Grand Hotel Is Officially On Its Way Down

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Wilshire Grand is officially coming down. Today demolition got underway at the longstanding hotel that is being torn down to make way for a massive new development.On hand today to slice a ceremonial beam out of the hotel were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember José Huizar, Councilmember Jan Perry and other project officials.

The hotel first opened in 1952 as the Hotel Statler, and had been at the time of its planning, the recipient of the largest single building permit the city had ever issued, at $15 million. After the last guest checked out, the Wilshire Grand Hotel held a massive sale to clear out all of the property's furniture, appliances, dishes, linens and more.

In its place, a new hotel will go up, alongside an office building. The project, developed by Korean Air, is being touted as "like nothing that this city has ever seen," by Christopher Martin, president of Martin Project Management and CEO of AC Martin, the architecture firm that designed the building.

One unique feature of the new hotel will be the lobby located way up on the 70th floor.

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It's going to be some time, though, before you'll be able to take that long elevator ride up to check in and check out the project. Demolition is expected to take a year, and construction years after; the new project is expected to open in 2017.