With one Echo Park project nearly completed and others underway or in the planning stages across the neighborhood, developer Planet Home Living showed plans and renderings during a community meeting last week for another new project – a nine-home development on the 1500 block of Lake Shore Avenue and Liberty Street.
The single-family homes would be constructed under the city’s small-lot subdivision ordinance, which allows developers to squeeze in more homes on a lot than would normally be allowed. In this case, the nine homes would go up and over a hill on a site that stretches between Lake Shore and Liberty. The project would require the demolition of a vacant apartment building on the property, which is mostly vacant, said Jennifer Chirco-Coker with Planet Home Living. Seven of the homes would be accessible through Lake Shore, a narrow, divided street; the other two units would be reached through Liberty.
Planet Home is among the many large and small builders that have taken advantage of the small-lot ordinance in recent years to launch numerous new projects across Echo Park and Silver Lake and other nearby neighborhoods.
Planet Home has been especially busy in Echo Park. The firm teamed up with Van Dale Homes to build the 15-unit small lot project called Artis, where the final units are under construction. Meanwhile, Planet Home is also preparing to start work soon on 17 small-lot homes spread over two separate lots along Doulgas Street. The firm has also obtained Planning Department approval to build five more homes on Echo Park Avenue.
The firm has not yet determined the prices for the nine Lake Shore homes but Planet Home will most likely start construction next spring or late summer, Chirco-Coker said.