Bulldozers and a demolition crew have begun preparing the site of an 18-unit Echo Park housing development on Morton Avenue, one of four neighborhood housing projects currently in different stages of construction. Miami-based developer 15 Group had initially said it would restore four bungalows on the site of Morton Village but ended up demolishing one of the cottages this week. Those three cottages near the front of the property will be restored while 15 new, three-story homes (depicted in the rendering above) will be constructed on the slope behind the bungalows.
“One of the bungalows was in worse shape than we thought,” said Justin Barth with 15 Group. “It was difficult to rebuild it in its existing condition. “The decision was made to allocate resources to the three bungalows that front Morton.”
The Morton Village cottages were part of a nearly century-old cluster of Craftsman-style bungalows constructed on Morton Avenue. Several have been demolished or lost to fire over the years. Barth said the clearing of the lot and the demolition of the bungalow will be followed by the start of construction in June. He estimated it will take about a year to complete the homes, which are expected to be priced from the $500,000 to $600,000 range. The Miami-based developer is also working on projects in Silver Lake and Boyle Heights,
Morton Village is located only a block away where D.R. Horton is building 36 condominiums on Echo Park Avenue. Meanwhile, another developer, Planet Home Living, is grading a hillside parcel in Elysian Heights for another 15 homes while a 75-unit retirement apartment complex is nearing completion across from Echo Park Lake.