The owners of a triangular lot bounded by Glendale Boulevard, Montana Street and Lake Shore Avenue are now looking for restaurants or other retailers to set up shop on what they refer to as an “island” at a busy Echo Park intersection. This island is relatively small, with room for only about 4,000-square-foot of retail space and and outdoor dining area facing north in the direction of the Echo Park KFC, according to plans presented in sales material from Westside Retail. Six years ago, Council District 13 proposed buying the now vacant lot – the site of a former gas station – for public green space but that deal fell through. Instead, under a deal approved last year by the City Council, the city gave up a portion of the sidewalk and Lake Shore Avenue so the developer could create more green space. (Lake Shore will also be turned into a one-way, southbound street with diagonal park). But a peek at the site plan does not reveal much in the way of green space, except for a bike rack near some raised planters at the southern tip of the lot.
How much will it cost to settle on this retail island? A 1,000-square-foot slice will cost you about $5,000 a month, according to the marketing flyer.