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.