Echo Park residents opposed to an approximately 60-unit housing project on Sunset Boulevard near Mohawk Street, are asking neighbors to present their views on the development when it comes up before a public hearing on Nov. 22. The developer, which won the backing of the Echo Park neighborhood council, is seeking city permission to build a project that is larger and taller than allowed. Plans include 10 units in the project for very-low income residents. However, the 10 new units reserved for low-income residents would fall short of the 11 units of housing that would be demolished to make way for the development, a sore point with some neighbors. In addition, the only parking garage entrance for residents who would live in the complex would be located at the top of the hillside lot on Elsinore Street, which would funnel more traffic into the residential neighborhood.
An Echo Park resident who has organized neighbors against the project said people who cannot attend the hearing – which is scheduled on a Monday morning before the Thanksgiving holiday – can still submit their comments in writing (instructions can be found in the hearing notice). “We feel like people need to understand that it is not about anti- development,” said the Echo Park resident who did not want to be identified by name. “It is about responsible development that keeps in line with the aesthetics and charm of Echo Park … and doesn’t create problems like parking, traffic and eyesores to the residents.”
The Eastsider is seeking comment from the office of Councilman Eric Garcetti, which opposed the height and density of a townhouse development on Echo Park Avenue, to find out if Council District 13 will weigh in during the public hearing.
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