It’s been nearly two years since the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals purchased the former Sleep E-Z mattress showroom in Echo Park to serve as the animal rights group’s West Coast headquarters. Officials had initially said that the renovation of the 80-year-old building – which will be named after TV game show host Bob Barker, who donated $2.5 million for the project – would be ready by summer 2010. But the complicated task of reinforcing the building’s concrete columns and installing new plumbing, heating and electrical systems delayed the project, leaving officials to predict that the Sunset Boulevard building would be finished this past summer. Of course, that did not happen. PETA spokeswoman Jane Dollinger did not have many details but said work is underway:
Construction delays―especially on projects this size―are par for the course. We’re very excited about the new building, and we’ll keep you posted on the new opening date, which should be soon.
When completed, PETA will emerge as one of Echo Park’s largest private employers, with initially 60 to 80 expected to work at the building when it opens, Dollinger said.