ECHO PARK — As parking in Echo Park gets increasingly difficult — especially on weekend nights — residents have to get creative with where they find open spots. That’s why some have turned to the triangle, dirt lot on the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Montana Street.
Located across from the KFC/Taco Bell hybrid, this space now hosts about a dozen parked cars a day. Following in the footsteps of Echo Park’s other famous, makeshift gas station turned parking lot, Magic Gas, this Glendale Boulevard space may soon become a functioning business.
After many previous failed attempts to take over this space, one developer has been pushing forward with plans to turn it into a restaurant with a rooftop dining terrace. Armen Ross, a consultant working with the developer, said the project is paused while they wait on word from the zoning administrator.
Many residents have already expressed concern that the project will only increase noise and worsen a shortage of street parking in the area. So, enjoy those extra parking spaces while you can.
Hayley Fox is an L.A. native now living in Echo Park. After getting her master’s in journalism at the Annenberg school, Fox worked at public radio station KPCC 89.3 where she wrote and produced stories for online and on-air. She covered mostly downtown L.A. and South L.A. news, as well as covering city-wide crime, breaking news and the occasional adorable animal story.