HIGHLAND PARK — Condominiums are not too far off in the future for Highland Park’s York Boulevard. A three-story, four-unit condominium complex designed by a firm active in Venice is in the works for a vacant lot at the corner of York and York Boulevard and Nolden Street, currently a vacant lot.
The complex will feature three residential condominiums, and one additional unit that would include 600 square-feet of retail or commercial space on York Boulevard along with 10 parking spots for residents. The developers, JKJ Partners, Inc. want to build a structure taller than current ordinances permit, and their request for a height variance is scheduled to be heard today during a public hearing.
The complex will be no higher than 30 feet on York Boulevard, according to the developers, but due to the sloping nature of Nolden Street the property will appear higher toward the rear of the structure.
“At no time are we making a bigger building than we would be allowed to make. We’re just working with the odd conditions of the property,” says David Reddy of R&D Architects based in Venice, California.
“We worked hard to open up the Nolden side with balconies, weathered wood, and it’s going to be a really handsome addition to the area,” said Martin Kulli from JKJ Partners Inc. “We didn’t want to just design a box.”
R&D Architects is well-established in the contemporary market and has designed several condominiums and homes in Venice. Kulli notes that other condominiums in Northeast L.A. are older and this new design may be a bit of a shock to the area.
In terms of price Kulli hesitates and remarks that it might be too early to tell.
“If everything gets going, we’ll start construction, and see where the market is at. I’d say in the mid-fives.”
Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.