Echo Park might get more shopping and green space as part of deal

The City Council is scheduled to vote on a proposal Wednesday to give a strip of public land to a  private developer and turn a block-long section of Lake Shore Avenue into a one-way street as part of plans to build an Echo Park shopping center.  The proposal comes after years of on-again/off-again discussions as to what to do with a former gas station – now an often trash-filled empty lot – that once occupied the triangular property bounded by Glendale Boulevard, Montana Street and Lake Shore Avenue. “We wanted to see some green and open space” on the site, said Council District 13 spokeswoman Julie Wong.

Five years ago, Council District 13 proposed buying the 5,700-acre lot for public green space but that deal never came to pass. Instead, the the lot was purchased by Seven Seas Holding, which has proposed building a small shopping center on the site.  Wong said the property owner had expressed an interest to include green space in the project but said there was no room available.

To create that extra room for green space, the city would give up a strip of sidewalk and a portion of the Lake Shore Avenue on the east side of the property. Most of the southbound portion of Lake Shore between Montana and Glendale would be dedicated to diagonal street parking; the remaining portion of a Lake Shore would be turned into a one-way, northbound street.  Click here or City Engineer’s Report.

Seven Seas has not submitted formal building plans but has proposed a single building with most likely two storefronts, Wong said.


  1. Hopefully we’ll keep on top of them to build something that fits with the design of our community and not something ugly! At first, we thought this was going to be a restaurant.
    It’s a 5,700 sq feet lot, right? (not acre?)

  2. Good on them for keeping a mind for the public use of this area.

    Too bad it’s too late for the other parts of this stretch of road.

  3. Another missed opportunity from our esteemed councilmember, Eric Garcetti. It’s these sorts of issues that we expect you to handle and facilitate for the betterment of the community.

  4. I live across the street and what is decided about this lot (along w/ the upcoming 2-year lake closure) is going to determine whether I stay in EP or leave. With regards to this development, I have heard everything from a coffee chain to a restaurant to a strip mall w/ several businesses. I think anything would be an improvement over the dirt lot that exists today.

  5. This doesn’t sounds like some great green space! This sounds like a tiny, completely irrelevant strip of grass that will soon turn to dirt. And mostly or completely on City property, not on the existing lot, by using the pedestrian sidewalk and a little bit of the street. This sounds like a council member doing pretty much nothing but trying to make you think they have done something great.

    And also, they are giving part of the street over as effectively a free grant of land for a parking lot for the stores — so they landowner won’t have to provide that parking as required onsite and so they can thus build even more than they otherwise would have been able to build. WOW! This developer sure made out like a bandit!

    Has this developer contributed money to Garcetti?

  6. The City Council loves to give to developers. I have never seen such a corrupt bunch. Can you say mini mall?

  7. Green Space?? Come on! You have Echo Park Lake and Elysian Park a few blocks away. Develope it into something that provides jobs, brings in tax dollars and makes it a more livable/walkable community. Why does every NIMBY instantly scream for every empty lot to become green space! Who wants to sit in a tiny triangle surrounded by roaring traffic? Think it through. Major urban areas require density to make them MORE walkable. If you want space, move to the suburbs and you’ll have a park on every corner but have to drive to get anywhere.

  8. A strip mall? Way to improve the area. What is this, the 1980s?

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