Kimpton in running to convert Pasadena YWCA into boutique hotel

A historic former YWCA in Pasadena, Calif., could soon become a new boutique hotel. According to the Los Angeles Times, city officials are negotiating a proposal to convert the long-vacant building into a 150-room boutique hotel, which could be operated by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group.

The city invoked eminent domain to acquire building from a Hong Kong investor for $8.3 million in April 2012. Officials estimated a price tag of as much as $10 million to restore the 40,000-square-foot building, which had sustained significant fire and water damage to its interior while boarded up.

The building, completed in 1921 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by Julia Morgan, believed to be the country's first independently practicing female architect.

Financial and other details of the plan, which is subject to a 120-day exclusive negotiation agreement, will remain confidential until a contract goes before the City Council for approval, according to the city.

The Kimpton plan was one of six proposals submitted to the city in July, each involving reuse of the building as a hotel, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard said.

"From a preservation point of view, the [Kimpton] team is strong; the approach is right. There's a long way to go from here, but I feel confident of those two things," said Sue Mossman, executive director of the preservation group Pasadena Heritage.
 

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