Developer dips into Echo Park market with Temple Street apartment and pool complex

Rendering of City View Apartments/4 Site Real Estate & Holtz Architecture

In contrast to all the new stores, restaurants and bars that have opened on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park,  the pace is much slower a few blocks south on Temple Street, which has attracted only a trickle of new businesses in recent years.  But the the pace of change might be picking up soon as a developer plans to build a sleek , new 49-unit apartment complex on Temple Street complete with a large swimming pool.

City View Apartments, which is being built by 4 Site Real Estate of Silver Lake, has pulled city permits to demolish several old buildings, including one dating to 1899,  and construct 44,000-square feet of living space in the 1600 block of Temple Street between Glendale Boulevard and Belmont Avenue. The 33,000-square foot building site on the north side of the street would occupy a position in the middle of the block roughly between but not including Tribal Cafe on the west and the Chevron station on the east.

While much of the new residential development south of the 101 Freeway has been in the form of affordable-housing complexes set aside for low-income residents, City View would rank as among the largest, market-rate apartment complexes to built along Temple.  Rents are projected to range from between $1,700 for one-bedroom and studio units to $2,500 for two-bedroom, two-bath  units, according to Todd Wexman of 4 Site.

“Many younger people area moving into the area due to excellent access to many parts of the city and (relative) affordability,” Wexman said via email.

In addition to 49 apartments, the development would include 75 parking spaces, fitness room, biking parking area and a pool along Temple Street.

Wexman’s firm has been busy in recent years with several residential projects, including the Auburn 7 small-lot project in Silver Lake and four new homes that were recently completed on Scandia Way in Glassell Park.


  1. Not Another Neighbor

    Great Boyle Heights here we come.

  2. A market rate developer is finally seeing the opportunities on Temple st. which I think is such a prime location and has been way under valued imho. In fact, the area just south of the 101 has got some really great spots despite some of the misconceptions out there. I’m so tired of the city pushing low income housing south of the 101, not that I don’t see some need, but there is room for other types of development. I would really like to see Temple st. revitalize from DT all the way to Hoover by Silver Lake Blvd. Temple st. is much suited for walkable businesses and shops since its scale and size are much more slow paced and quaint compared to busy Sunset. Also, with easy fwy access & public transport to DT a straight shot …can’t go wrong with that!

  3. Yes, I’ve always thought and imagined what Temple St could be. I’ve lived just south of Temple for
    10 years and it’s been slow moving but things are picking up and that’s great !

    Maybe this would be great for us here south of the freeway and yes we’ve been cut off from our beloved echo park. I’m all for improvements, and shops and restaurants and businesses and more diversity.

    But this development comes off like a smack in the face!
    Really, someone thought this would fit!
    A pool out front?
    Nice artistic rendition depicting lots of parking !?!?!

    Hmm … this got approved on July 2nd when everyone is distracted for the holiday,
    during an election mess changeover, and aha, it’s a 49 unit complex when 50 units
    would kick in more stringent review and controls.

    Something about this project doesn’t feel right, … in fact, it kind of stinks.

    Anyway to fight this? or find out more about the impact this could have both positive and negative?
    Heck even the millenium project can be changed and adapted, why can’t this ?

    Anyone ?

    • Subject: Re: Tuesday, August 13 agenda

      This item has been added to the Planning and Land Use Committee
      meeting agenda for August 13 at 7pm, in the library. The meeting will
      take place at Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy. 1018 Mowhawk St. Los
      Angeles, CA 90026. (213) 417-3400.

      I invite you and your neighbors to join us.

    • I’m all for growth here in Hi Fi, and slowly it has been coming along, in the spirit of this old neighborhood. This project does seem a bit over the top considering the location, and the amount of people added to this square block, and their cars, how is this all going to work out?

      One surefire way to take the charm out of an old neighborhood is another “creative loft space” development. Look at some of the old homes and deco buildings on Temple, a few of them are quite beautiful, albeit, in bad need of repair, they will be restored eventually.

      Maybe something half the size, with retail on the ground floor would be better and more balanced for this stretch of land, adding a few more people and a few more places to patronize. I realize that’s a fantasy in the world of real estate development in Los Angeles right now. It’s an aggressive machine. Not to mention a nice old shabby home (ca 1899) or two will be a pile of lumber within the next week or two. Is this the sort of direction we want go, in the name of progress and development?

      • That’s definitely not the direction I’d want to see this neighborhood keep going in. The fact that the city is so trigger happy with these demolition permits just means LA will continue to lose it’s history. Haven’t we learned from the mistakes of the 50s and 60s? I think not.

        There needs to be a bigger push towards adaptive reuse in the area — and, even more importantly, stricter historic preservation laws.

  4. Jackals!
    If building, build and develop ‘within’ the environment.
    Not obliterate it with bad, design and no character.
    Keep ‘some’ history.

  5. I actually welcome this development. Other than the old 1899 home (which hopefully can be moved elsewhere) the other buildings are not worth preserving (bad 70’s 80’s stucco…). Not including Tribal Cafe, that side of the street has been a dead zone for decades and even sketchy…”no thank you to sketchy.” And realistically, who can afford to purchase these structures, restore them and then get only a few shops & cafes to set up…? It’s not going to happen & would not make any financial sense to any investor. Unlike the old William Pereira building on Sunset that should be and “is” being rehabbed, or the giraffe building across the street, not every structure is worth preserving. Also, the developer is placing 75 parking spaces, that’s almost double the amount of units which in my mind would suffice for parking. If you want Temple st. to develop, there needs to be more people added to that section. However, I do agree that more retail would be nice and it would be nice to keep the old shabby house:)

  6. What about the development that was supposed to happen at the triangle corner of Temple/Union? That’s been a big gaping hole for years now. What about asking the people who live in the area what we need instead of displacing people for some future over-priced apartments that may be years in the making? It stinks.

  7. Unbelievable! – that “developers” can carry on destroying LA’s history for a stack of boxes like these.

    • I believe a dilapidated set of stucco boxes from the 1970s are merely being replaced with a new set of stucco boxes. Pick your battles. This ain’t one of them.

  8. Looking at street view, even the”dilapidated 70 stucco” looks to me to be an older building
    with the common 70’s stucco demodel.
    Together with the 1899 buiding, an art deco corner shop and the craftsman apartments:
    BIG LOSS in history and character for the neighborhood.
    Why can’t these folks learn to INTEGRATE new architecture.

  9. I don’t think this is the biggest market rate project to be built on temple. There is another project located on the 3200 block of Temple that is going to be 70 units. I think that address is 3221 W Temple St.

  10. There has to be a middle ground of gentrifying this part of LA but at the same time save its history. The Echo Park is a great example. It’s been there forever and now once again locals as well as tourists have a new place to go to, to relax, enjoy the ambiance, exercise, read a book without breaking the bank in this economy.

    People are concerned about traffic and parking but if the apartment complex have adequate parking for their tenants as well as guests and implement other measures on how to make this neighborhood safer, then I think it will be beneficial to build this complex.

    Change is inevitable but we want the kind of change that is community friendly. We are new in this area and we are still trying to get used to it, but we love the beautiful Victorian houses, and the area’s quiet and dignified charm.

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