Echo Park and Highland Park to get updates on streetscape and housing developments

projectsHighland Park Transit Village (left) and Sunset Boulevard Streetscape Beautification

Residents of Echo Park and Highland Park will have the opportunity on Thursday night to receive the most recent information on two separate projects that promise to change the look and feel of prominent sections of each neighborhood. In the larger of the two projects, affordable housing developer McCormack Baron Salazar is scheduled to hold a presentation hosted by the Highland Park Neighborhood Council on the Highland Park Transit Village, which will include the construction of approximately 60 apartments and 20 condominiums as well as underground parking on three city parking lots near the Highland Park Gold Line Station.  The firm has scaled back the Highland Park Transit Village, which would be spread over three blocks on Marmion Way between Avenue 56 and Avenue 59,  over the years in response to neighborhood opposition. But it remains one of the largest single developments planned for Highland Park.

Meanwhile, in Echo Park,  officials with the city’s Bureau of Street Services will provide an update on a $750,000 project to beautify and improve Sunset Boulevard with solar-powered trash cans, street trees, decorative crosswalks, benches  and a  a pocket park at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Park Avenue.  What about those hitching posts proposed for Alvarado and Sunset? Sounds like the  hitching posts shaped like horse heads have been put to pasture.

Meeting Details:

  • The Highland Park Transit Village meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Highland Park Senior Center, 6152 N. Figueroa St.
  • The Sunset Boulevard Streetscape Beautification Project will be held held on Thursday, January 17  from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM  at the Edendale Library  Community Room,   2011 West Sunset Blvd.


  1. Where is the retail in that transit village? It looks to be housing only and that would be a huge HUGE mistake for the community.

    • I usually agree with you Lester but not as sure in this location with so much business potential on Figueroa that would like to promote. Maybe the lower units designed as housing units that could later be easily converted to retail in the future when Figueroa at full potential? Flexible design?

      • flexible use would be great. How Buildings Learn etc. But I am afraid that the architects, M2A, are completely lame – look at their Arroyo Seco Branch Library. The fake craftsman look of the latest rendering looks like a step in the wrong direction.

    • The original illustration of the Highland Park “transit village” looked a lot more transit oriented (more affordable apartments, activated street wall with ground floor retail, etc.): http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/gold_lineadjacent_highland_park_transit_village_ready_to_go.php#reader_comments

      But this latest draft looks too suburban in scale for the location… we should be building denser / more walkable neighborhoods near train stations. Pasadena seems to get it right, IMHO.

  2. What is and what is the cost of solar powered trash cans?
    It really appears that our city government main aim is to
    waste money. Some one’s getting a kick back from that trash!

    • Absolutely right. $750,000 is WAY overpriced for a few saplings, some paint on the sidewalk, a few benches, and a tiny piece of dirt being turned into a “park” by throwing some grass seed on it (and only a block from Echo Park Lake, so no need for a park there anyway, even if a real park!).

      A hell of a lot of good stuff could be done with that money, but it is just being completely wasted and thrown away on make-work — and now the city wants us to approve yet another half percent sales tax so they can have even more money.

  3. Actually, solar powered trash cans are a money SAVER, and there is definitely a litter problem in that area


    • I think the problems stem from the trash thrown on the ground instead of in a trash can. If there are no garbage cans there then how about some standard $50 ones?

  4. The gentrification of Echo Park and Highland Park is strong…

  5. a pocket park at Park/Sunset …. right across from Echo Park Lake? and at the other end of the lake … EP rec center? …. there needs to be pocket parks NORTH of Sunset Blvd in EP

  6. Has anyone heard of a new community plan for the Highland Park/Eagle Rock Neighborhood?

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