Echo Park residents living near Echo Park and Morton avenues who have been watching and listening to the construction of a 36-unit condo complex can expect more construction activity in the months ahead when work begins on a separate 18-unit development on Morton Avenue. Justin Barth with Fifteen Group, the Miami-based developer working on projects in Silver Lake and Boyle Heights, said work on its Morton Village project is expected to begin late this spring or early summer and take about 18 months to complete. The homes are not condos. They are separate homes constructed under the city’s small-lot subdivision ordinance.
Four of the 18 homes include the existing bungalows that will be renovated and put up for sale, said Barth, whose firm purchased the property and vacant bungalows last year. While the four bungalows closest to Morton Avenue will retain their historic character, the fourteen new homes at the back of the property, which will be as large as 2,000-square-feet, will be designed in what Barth describes as a “warm, contemporary” style. Barth said the homes are expected to be priced between $400,000 and the mid $500,000-range.