Former postal parking lots attract development ideas

Echo Park shops proposed for former postal parking lot/LoopNet

Developer wants to build eight homes on former parking lot next to Atwater post office

Two former and now fenced off post office parking lots in Atwater Village and Echo Park may eventually be filled with homes and stores.

The lots were closed to postal customers after the U.S. Postal Service decided against renewing the leases on the properties as part of long-term cost-cutting efforts, leaving some customers, especially those in Atwater, upset about increased congestion and inconvenience. But those lots may not remain empty for long.

In Atwater, ReThink Development, which has been involved with projects in Culver City, Venice and other areas, is seeking city permission to build eight separate, single-family homes on the former parking lot under the city’s city’s small-lot ordinance. The 13,700-square-foot project at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and La Clede Avenue would include one home reserved for low-income buyers as well as retail space. A zoning administrator is scheduled to review ReThink’s application at a public hearing scheduled for September 26.

Meanwhile, in Echo Park, the post office’s former satellite parking lot at the corner of Alvarado and Scott Avenue  is being marketed for lease on LoopNet.  Approximately 6,700-square feet of retail space would be built on the front of the lot facing Alvarado, with parking in the back.  The listing does not identify a  developer or when construction would begin.  The Eastsider could not locate any online building permits.

A flyer touts the site’s location to other nearby stores and visibility to a large volume of passing traffic, estimated at more than 56,000 autos a day.


  1. Looking longer term, post office lot on Glendale Blvd should be developed with shops, not homes.
    Plus, 8 homes on a 14K sqft lot? Dang, my backyard is bigger than that.. that’s packing alot of hamsters in the cage.

  2. That Atwater (Le Clede & Glendale Blvd) parking lot cannot be 13,700 sq ft. They must be referring to the entire parcel, including the Post Office and accompanying parking area. I could not access the public hearing 9/26 info by clicking on the link. And I agree with True Freedom…….that area is more suited to shops.

  3. This is a boring question, but does anyone have a clue what program was used to draw the rendering above?

  4. I live a few blocks from that post office parking lot on Alvarado and I can’t say this news thrills me. That stretch of Alvarado is a nightmare, and makes running even simple errands to the drug store or to fill up on gas difficult. I can’t imagine how adding new retail space will help that. The city needs to figure out how to clear up that traffic mess first.

  5. Eight units on that tiny lot and I can’t add one unit on my residential property (6500 sq. ft.) per zoning because my lot is too small. Not fair!

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