Tallest building in Los Angeles to house InterContinental hotel

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InterContinental LA renderingInterContinental Hotels & Resorts will brand the 900-room hotel being developed as part of a downtown Los Angeles mixed-use project that will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it opens in 2017.

The hotel will be the largest InterContinental in the Americas and will include a 70th floor “sky lobby.” The hotel will sit on the property where the Wilshire Grand (originally the Statler Hotel) sat from 1952 to 2011.

Korean Air and Hanjin Group are spending $1.1 billion on the 73-story project. The tower will be about 80 feet higher than the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.

The project will also include 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space.

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