Barlow Respiratory Hospital, which wants to rezone its property to create a large residential development between Echo Park and Dodger Stadium, has applied for permits to begin grading a corner of its property for a proposed new hospital building.
The city’s Building & Safety Department has yet to approve the permits to begin grading a 3.3-acre portion of its approximately 25-acre campus for a “proposed hospital” and also build retaining walls” to provide access during construction, according to online records. The Eastsider has contacted the hospital for more details*. No permits were pulled for work on the rest of the Barlow grounds that hospital officials want to sell off for residential development.
Officials for Barlow, which opened a century ago as a tuberculosis sanitarium, say they have no choice but to sell much of the park-like grounds and tear down many of the century-old buildings in order to pay for the construction of a new hospital that meets modern-day earthquake building codes. As part of that effort, the hospital wants rezone the land to allow for the construction of hundreds of residential units, allowing Barlow to sell the property for more money to pay for the new buildings. Barlow would retain a three-acre piece of land for the new hosptial.
Last July, hospital Chief Executive Officer Margaret Crane said Barlow had reached an agreement to sell the steep, hillside portion of the hospital grounds west of Stadium Way. Meanwhile, the hospital continued to review a second proposal to buy the main part of the hospital campus east of Stadium Way, Crane said. There has been no announcements about the deals since then.
Update: “There is no approval at this time to start the project,” said Crane in an email. “We are not going to be doing any grading until approvals are received.”