The office of Councilman Ed Reyes has come out against a plan by Barlow Respiratory Hospital to build more than 800 units of housing on the hospital property next to Elysian Park and Dodger Stadium, Echo Park Now is reporting. The century-old hospital has been seeking to win approval of the development on its park-like grounds as away to help finance the construction of a new hospital in a section of the 19-acre property, which is a city historic landmark. Council office planning deputy Susan Wong told Echo Park Now that the office is working with Barlow to help find ways to rebuild the hospital – which treats patients suffering from respiratory problems – but cannot support the housing project as currently planned. “The proposed project is too dense and incompatible with the surrounding land uses,” Wong said.
April 23, 2014