Stalled Echo Park and Silver Lake home projects to move ahead

Early renderings of Echo Park development (top) and Silver Lake project (right).

Construction work is expected begin soon on a pair of residential projects  – one on the site of the former Coffee Table restaurant in Silver Lake, the other on Morton Avenue in Echo Park – that have been dormant for the past year.  Southern California home builder Van Daele Homes has agreed to build  and co-own the two projects with Miami-based 15 Group, which put the Silver Lake project up for sale last year.  Construction on an 18-home, small-lot development on Morton Avenue is scheduled to begin next month while work on 33 townhomes in Silver Lake is planned to start in September, according to a press release.

The deal expands Van Daele’s presence in the area. Last week, it held a grand opening for a 15-home small-lot project in Echo Park.

Before both projects went dormant,  15 Group said it had planned to restore three Craftsman-style bungalows at the front of its Echo Park project. In Silver Lake,  the developer put its 1.44-acre site on Rowena Avenue up for sale shortly after demolishing several buildings on the site, including the former Coffee Table restaurant building.

Meanwhile, 15 Group continues to purse plans to build a 4,400 units of housing in Boyle Heights on the site of Wyvernwood Garden Apartments, a proposal that has met with opposition by many residents, community groups and elected officials.


  1. Can’t it be mixed use? It would be nice to have some more retail/restaurants on Rowena

    • Especially since they took some out when they demolished that building! The bike lanes become much more valuable when there are actual destinations along them for the neighborhood to visit, and not just homes.

  2. Truly, Very Cool.

  3. How many times are they going to recycle the same boxey design? Also, replace traffic lanes with a bike lane and then proceed to add 33 townhomes on the same street? “Great” (greedy?) planning(?). The time has come to put a halt to the frenzied multi-developments that threaten to smother the casual peace and vibrant quiet of our neighborhoods.

    • NOW the time has come?

      Where have you been the last 10 years? Or are you one of the hipster sheep who wandered in with the flock when they first started putting up those “boxey design” condos?

      The peace and vibrant quiet of our neighborhood was smothered a long time ago. As a nearly two decade resident it’s always fascinating who seems to think we need to “save” our neighborhood even though THEY are part of the problem to begin with.

      • “As a nearly two decade resident”? Pft?!? Try 65 years of continuous living among my immediate and extended family throughout N.E.L.A. from Highland Park and Lincoln Heights to Echo Park and Silverlake and Cypress and Glassell Park in between. I won’t go into more detail since I presume you’re smart enough to feel plenty STUPID right about now . . . NEXT?

      • Rainbow Records, Straw Hat Pizza Palace, H&K Studios, the Magic Mushroom, the Ardvark’s Odd Ark, the lit vehicles racing across the façade of Pioneer market, do any of those names or recollections mean anything to you? Of course not. They were gone by 1993, newbie . . . (oh brother).

      • As a resident here way longer than DJ Hipster in a box, I think we need to save the our neighborhood from newbies like DJ Hipster, who finds it pretty much impossible to post any message here w/o the word ‘Hipster’ and/or ‘Sheep’. So original and predictable.

        A less than two decade resident? HA, DJ Newbie! Yeah, we need to save our hood from the likes of you, who think they have some sort of royal silverlake crown, lol.

  4. The future owners of the 33 townhomes are really going to thank Councilman LaBonge for taking away half the traffic capacity of Rowena because of his road diet.

  5. can anyone, including the writer of this article inform me of what happened to the initial plans for this property, these ‘homes’ being affordable housing for those in need, and how it turned into a townhome project, or if this development will still have anything to do with affordable housing? thank you!

  6. It would be a giant missed opportunity for the developers to skip mixed use / retail in their plans for the Rowena project.

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