Until a few months ago, a large vacant lot next to the 2 Freeway in Glassell Park had been the site of a failed housing development, which left behind a giant pit and rows of rusting steel columns where a parking garage was planned below more than 100 condos. But construction work has begun on a smaller, 52-unit development that now has a name – NELA Union – and projected price ranging from the high $400,000s to the high $500,000s.
The first batch of townhomes, which will range in size from two to four bedrooms, are expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year on Eagle Rock Boulevard near Verdugo Road, according to real estate agent Tracy Do*, who will be handling sales for the development of three-story units by Warmington Residential. The project will also include a community garden, dog park and a view of the Glassellland sign (if it stays up).
While the development’s freeway-adjacent location might be a turn off for some, Glassell Park has emerged as a hot spot of new construction, with NELA-Union as ranking as the largest single new project now under way. ”When you consider that this area is the puzzle piece between Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington and Atwater Village, it just feels like what’s ‘next,’” Do said of Glassell Park.
Warmington, which paid $7.8 million to purchase the Glassell Park site, is one of several major home builders that have begun working on projects in Glassell Park and other Eastside communities. Down the 2 Freeway on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake, Trumark homes is preparing to build 70 homes.
* Tracy Do is an Eastsider advertising sponsor