Last month The Eastsider reported that an empty Echo Park Avenue lot that could accommodate 12 units of housing – and what looked like a backyard stadium – was under contract to be sold. Now, the buyer of the property has been identified as Planet Home Living, the Orange County-based developer with three separate projects underway in Echo Park. While plans for the Echo Park Avenue project remain in the conceptual stage, company executive Jennifer L. Chirco-Coker said her firm has a totally different development in mind for the lot than envisioned by the previous owners. Instead of a dozen condos, Planet Home has proposed building only five, three-story homes as part of a small-lot development.
Chirco-Coker said the firm, which recently filed a proposal with the city to break up the approximately 10,400-square-foot property into five home sites, plans to start construction next year. No prices have been established for the two and three bedroom homes. The houses will be narrow, with some measuring less than 20 feet wide in some cases, but all will have tw0-car garages. The project at 1516 Echo Park Ave. is only one block south from where Texas home builder D.R. Horton is currently building 36 condominiums on Echo Park Avenue.
“We think it ‘s a vibrant community and we think it’s a good investment,” she said.
In addition to the five homes on Echo Park Avenue, Planet Home Living is preparing to build 17 homes in two separate projects on the eastern edge of Echo Park on Douglas Street. Meanwhile, on the northern edge of Elysian Heights, the company has been grading a hillside parcel as part of a 15-home development near Allesandro Street.[portfolio_slideshow id=36618 autoplay=false portfolio_slideshow carousel=false portfolio_slideshow carouselsize=4]
Conceptual drawings are subject to change.
* Correction: A previous version of this story said that the property to be developed totaled about 5,600 square-feet in size. That’s wrong. The property is 10,400 square-feet.