Home builder takes over delayed Elysian Heights project

The neighbors of far north Elysian Heights have over the years managed to delay the development of a gently sloping hillside shaded by a forest of towering eucalptuts and oak trees.  The weak economy and real estate market have also worked at keeping the bulldozers at bay from a trio of large parcels off Allesandro Street and Rosebud Avenue. This week, however, a developer named Planet Home Living announced it has purchased the approximately three-acre property and, according to people familiar with the deal,  plans to break ground this fall on 15 homes. The project, which the developer has called Echo Park 15 @ Allesandro, takes advantage of the city’s small-lot subdivision ordinance, which makes it easier for builders to break up and build on large lots.

“They [the developers] are excited,” said Bryant Brislin with the Hoffman Co., which represented the seller. It’s the first small-lot development for Planet Home, which has been encouraged by recent property sales and other new development. “New development is going to be in full swing shortly all over Northeast L.A.,” Brislin said.

News of the land sale comes two years after a City Council planning committee rejected an appeal by residents opposed to the project. While City Council rejected the appeal, the previous property owner had put the property up for sale amid delays.

Opponents said the development, which would rise below the former home of engraver Paul Landacre, would lead to the destruction of more than 50 trees. The developer said one-third of the property would remain open space.

The homes, according to the developer’s website, would range from 1,500 to 1,800-square-feet.


  1. This is so bad. They are going to cid:2F426691-E06A-4088-9900-9712E1B4DA6B/photo.JPGkill many 100+ year old oaks. There was a supposed to be a deal for one acre to be turned into a park. The corrupt city council allowed the zoning to be changed for this. They don’t care!!!!

  2. I live next door to this property. It will be sad to see all the red tail hawks that have recently inhabited this area go. Booooo City Council!

  3. What a joke. Shame on Garcetti!!!

  4. That plot of land has been intentionally undeveloped for the past 100 years, serving as a communal space for the residents of the area in one form or another the entire time.

    When the Semi-Tropic Spiritualist’s Association laid out their tract (including the Landacre cabin) back in 1905, they left that portion of land intentionally empty as a campground to hold their revivals and seances and naked drinking parties. The Spiritualists who lived on the hills surrounding the campground would come down and gather in the field to drink and dance the night away.

    Located just outside the city limits on land formerly the Los Felis Rancho, Semi-Tropic Park (as this plot of land was then known) was the last stop on the Edendale street car line. Services were held in the open air in the campground on Sunday, and in the evening came the dancin’ and the drinkin’.

    At one of these drinking parties in 1908 Deputy Sheriff John Thorne either got thrown out of a window, or, as he told it, leapt out of a window to escape the rowdies consumed with drink inside.

    In the 1910’s, a co-op film studio operated on the land. The stockholders consisted of “amateur performers or motion picture actors” who had all agreed to pay $3 a week to produce the pictures. They made five films, none of which sold, at which point they sued the impresario behind the endeavor.

    There’s some small comfort in the idea that this most recent development is just another in a long line of boondoggles for the land.

    There’s only slightly more comfort in the idea that the whole development will be haunted by the ghosts of the spiritualists’ seances past.

    Another piece of Echo Park History on its way out.

  5. It may not be over.

  6. Do streets and driveways count in the “open space” calculation?

  7. Troy are you a capable activst to fight this? If so I am in! The last group were well meaning but not too effective. There were 100+ people at the planning meeting and none were for it, Garcetti’s people were there and saw this and he voted for it anyway.
    It was pointed out at the time that the first developer had a history of changing zoning and then selling properties and that all of his “promises’
    would be BS. WOW and that is exactly what has happened!
    He duped the City Council to sign off on it and flipped it to make a profit.
    The City Council knew this and approved this damn plan. Another decision by LA City politicians asleep behind the wheel.

  8. This development is going to change our neighborhood forever. This hillside is said to have been the inspiration for many of Paul Landacre’s engravings. This was the view from his front porch. What a shame! I always hoped the city would turn it into much needed park land, given it’s history.
    What’s next? Paving El Moran and adding sidewalks?

  9. I’m up for the fight! This is ridiculous!

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