Hilton Universal City Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Los Angeles
Document Title
Hilton Universal City Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use
Regional Center Commercial

Document Description
The Hilton Universal City Project (Project) would expand existing hotel facilities within the approximately 7.26-acre Hilton Universal City Hotel property (Project Site). The Project Site is developed with a 24-story hotel building with 495 guestrooms (Existing Hotel Building), an attached ancillary hotel building providing meeting/banquet rooms and ancillary hotel uses (Ancillary Hotel Building), a three-level subterranean parking garage, circulation facilities (i.e. internal driveway and service road), an outdoor pool area (Existing Outdoor Pool Area), and other related improvements. The Project would include: a new 20-story Hotel Expansion Building (with 395 guest rooms and a spa limited to guests and 250 non-guest members) with a new single-level lobby connecting to the Existing Hotel Building; a one-story addition to the Ancillary Hotel Building consisting of a Junior Ballroom (5,000 SF) /Meeting Room (10,000 SF) Addition; a 3-level expansion of the existing below grade subterranean parking garage; a revised surface parking program; a new Gate Entryway structure; and, landscape and hardscape improvements to the existing Level 3 automobile forecourt throughout much of the Project Site. A limited amount of interior revisions to create the lobby connection between the two buildings would occur within the footprint of the Existing Hotel Building. Also, new outdoor pool areas would be developed as part of the Project on Level 3 and the Rooftop deck of the Hotel Expansion Building. The Existing Pool Area would be eliminated and replaced by a green zone for guest outdoor use. Atop the Hotel Expansion Building on the 17th Level would be a restaurant (5,000 square feet), an indoor/outdoor bar (1,500 square feet), and the Rooftop Pool Deck. Overall, the Project would add approximately 300,000 square feet of additional floor area to the Project Site. The Project would provide a minimum of 408 new vehicle parking spaces to accommodate additional employees, hotel guests and restaurant/spa visitors. Upon completion of the Project, the Hilton Universal City Hotel would provide a maximum of 890 guestrooms and 697,521 square feet of floor area, and a resulting floor area ratio of (FAR) of approximately 2.2:1 for the Project Site.

Contact Information
Bradley Furuya
City of Los Angeles
Lead/Public Agency
221 N. Figueroa St. Suite 1350
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone : (213) 847-3642

Hillcrest Real Estate, LLC
Project Applicant


34°8'12.1"N 118°21'31"W
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Cross Streets
Universal Hollywood Drive and Hotel Drive
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Metro Red
Huntly Preschool, Rio Vista Elementary School
Los Angeles River

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Hotel 395 rooms, ancillary uses, and restaurant/bar and spa)
Local Action
Site Plan Rezone Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Greenhouse Gas Emissions Growth Inducement Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Solid Waste Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildfire Other
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB) California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW) California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT)


Environmental Document
INITIAL STUDY__Signed   PDF 51671 K INITIAL STUDY_Appendices   PDF 249950 K NOP signed combined   PDF 1864 K
Universal Hilton_SCH NOC   PDF 284 K
State Comments
2020100057_Caltrans Comment   PDF 236 K 2020100057_CDFW Comment   PDF 521 K 2020100057_DOT Comment   PDF 250 K 2020100057_NAHC Comment   PDF 258 K

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