What’s behind this Echo Park development?

Renderings from LoopNet

Is it a retaining wall disguised as bleacher seating for a backyard stadium? It’s hard to tell what that wedge is supposed to be from the renderings that accompany the LoopNet sales listing for an empty lot on Echo Park Avenue near Scott Avenue.  The listing says the lost with an asking price of $600,000 can accommodate 12 units of housing. No mention of the wedge in the back.  But Echo Park residents might find out what the designer has in mind because a buyer has the property under contract. No telling if they will follow through with these plans.


  1. Looks like it is as tall as the horrible one going up on Echo Park at Morton — but even uglier. Ugly square box that looks like a cheap office building, and built right to the sidewalk –and a wall, ann ugly wall. Nary a balcony to be had — just cheaped to the max. And yes, that ugly bleecher-like thing.

    Why do we allow for this under the zoning rules? LA could be developed so nicely, like so many other cities around, but we have zoning that allows for crap and walls at every turn.

    • I’m not necessarily a fan of it either, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be built right to the sidewalk. Like most of the rectangular parcels along the Avenue, the short side of the lot faces the street — in this case the end with the tree, apparently.

  2. That wedge/bleacher thing looks like the perfect place for gang members to hang out on!

  3. A solar array? with other ‘green’ additions under it….

  4. Nothing unusual about building right to the sidewalk in a city, but this ain’t that (as Samarkind pointed out). I’m more concerned with the fugly facade and the weird concrete walls facing the street… but this is LA, nasty architecture is par for the course right?

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