By Christine Peters aka The Planning Lady
1550 Glendale Blvd.: A vacant retail store being considered for a 24-hour 7-Eleven Store with “off-site” sale of beer and wine. This tiny shopping plaza sits at the corner where Berkeley/Glendale and Alvarado provide some rush hour right and left-turn dramatics -some resulting in hefty moving violation tickets!!!
What we know about this application is that Northeast Division Police Captain Murphy does not support it. At a recent Echo Park Chamber of Commerce meeting, the applicant’s representative reported that the Capt. Murphy said he would not support a new, off-site license for the area and would only support the transfer of an existing one should they acquire one. Currently the AM/PM across the street, Vons, Rite Aid and other nearby retailers sell beer and wine along Glendale Blvd, some offering 24-hour access as well. Combine that with the challenge of parking and traffic entering the small lot, and you might see a bit of increased tensions along near Berkeley & Glendale corridor. The applicant did say they would be unlikely to pursue the location if the city failed to approve a permit with conditions.
What’s Going Up?
5920 N. Monterey Road: This is a proposal for a wireless telecommunications facility on top of the roof of a commercial building that stands 40-feet-tall – the maximum height allowed by zoning. A phone call to the applicant did not get much more information other than they were authorized to say it is for AT&T and that if LA entitlement rules required they would attend a Neighborhood Council meeting to discuss. Depending on the surrounding terrain, neighbors’ views can be impacted, and it is always good to request architectural panels, graffiti-proof coatings and to try to keep it out of sight of neighboring properties. If the height of the antennas exceeds the height limit allowed for the area, neighbors have some leverage in that case as well.
112 S. Rivera Street: We got another proposed wireless telecommunications facility, this one consisting of a 12-panel antenna on the rooftop of a 47-unit apartment building, according to public records. The phone call to the applicant’s representative has yet to be returned. In contrast to the previous wireless facility, this one is proposed for a residential rooftop. Testimony regarding the affects of cellular transmissions on health and welfare cannot be taken into account against these installations but it has proven to bring out irate tenants and neighbors to oppose these installations, most recently at Echo Park’s Del Mor Apartments, 1551 Echo Park Ave.
3310 Larissa Drive: This is a request to divide a lot under the city’s small-lot subdivision ordinance. In general, under the area’s current zoning, the owner could go ahead and build two residential units on a 5,000 square-foot lot that is 50-feet wide without much trouble. However, this lot is just 45-1/2-square feet shy of that 5,000 square-foot requirement How or will that affect this proposed subdivision? Depends largely on how many units would be built and how the neighbors perceive the plans and their sensitivity to the hillside community. Some very nice small-lot projects have recently been built or adaptively reused in the area, so TBD for more details.
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