Barlow Respiratory Hospital has put its property on the eastern edge of Echo Park up for sale as it plans to build a massive housing and retail project with more than 800 units of housing. It’s the second time in six years that Barlow has attempted to sell the approximately 20-acre property as a way to raise money to build a new medical facility on a portion of the park-like grounds next to Elysian Park. The previous effort failed to find a buyer, and the second attempt has been launched a week after the release of a preliminary environmental impact report showed there would be significant and unavoidable impacts of building the development envisioned by Barlow.
Barlow has retained Land Advisors, a property brokerage firm, to find a buyer. No asking price has been revealed. Barlow officials have has been seeking to have the property rezoned to allow for large residential and commercial development, which would make the property more valuable to prospective buyers. The new development would require demolishing most of the hospital’s old cottages and buildings, which have been designated a city historic landmark.
In recent community meetings, Barlow officials have indicated that they are willing to scale down their initial plans, which called for 888 units of housing, more than 15,000 square feet of commercial space, 1,500 parking spaces and a new hospital.