121 apartments planned for south Echo Park

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The Boylston Arms | Rendering by VTBS Architects

ECHO PARK — A sleek new apartment tower with 121 units is planned for a handful of lots across from the playing fields of the Edward Roybal Learning Center.

The six-story Boylston Arms with rooftop decks would rise in the middle of the 400 block of North Boylston Street on the southern edge of Echo Park. In return for earmarking 15% of its units for very low income tenants, the property owners will be able to take advantage of so called “density bonuses” that allow for larger development. While the new building will be far larger than anything else on the block, the project by Lion Boylston LCC and LA Urban Homes is consistent with the high density development allowed under the zoning in the  Central City West Specific Plan Area, said project consultant Dana Sayles.

The apartments will be a combination of studios and one and two-bedroom units ranging in size from 600 to 1,300 square-feet, Sayles said. The building would include 145 parking spaces in addition to more than 140 bike lockers.

Construction is scheduled to begin next fall, she said.

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  1. yay-awesome news

    • yay gentrification! I lived right next door to that lot. Nothing looks chic like this. It’s obviously going to raise the rents significantly for all the families there.

  2. 140 bike lockers?! Maybe they will be giving the first 100 bikes away to entice people to live there. I want to see all you bike crazed people lining up to live there!

    • There are lots of people who ride a bike – and drive a car – and take the bus – and walk depending on where they are going and what they are doing. I want to see you hate-crazed people get a hold of yourselves and understand you don’t have a clue.

  3. The story says “for very low income tenants”. Sadly, going to be another ghetto Section 8 building

    • Earmarking a small percentage (15% in this case, according to the article) of units for low income residents is common for new construction like this — it doesn’t mean the building is entirely section 8.

  4. Oh please….”lower income” nowadays means teachers and other jobs where the pay is low. No joke. A first year teacher in LA makes what is considered “poverty level” wages, so get over your ghetto comment. Also, there are very decent, hard working poor folks. They have a right to live in a beautiful place also.

    • Poor people do have a right to live anywhere they like (and can afford), but we’re not talking about a “right” here.. we’re talking about entitlement.

      Also, you cannot guarantee that a teacher will live there. And, what if the person’s income goes up, do they have to move? (no).

      Finally, gov”t mandated affordable housing causes everyone else’s rent to increase.

      • “No such thing as a free lunch”. Subsidized housing is taking more from the “haves” giving to the “have-nots”.
        Why is it that because I make a decent amount of money, I have a “RIGHT” to what I can afford. But, the low income folks (according to Katrina) have the same right… Only they don’t have to pay for it.

  5. The developer needs to work on his marketing. Not one guy in the mark-up is wearing skinny jeans.

  6. Fumes? “…we cleaned the site to the acceptable levels, and then we built the school.” This was supposed to be the new Belmont High School. Not where I want kid going to school or living close by. This is an ongoing coverup of criminal proportions. What are acceptable levels of Toxic Waste?

    The project was almost scrapped in 1999. During construction, pockets of oil seepage and toxic fumes were discovered at the site, which were once oil fields. Building came to a halt. The so called “cleanup” delayed the campus opening by 13 years and cost the district $100 million.

    “We did have some environmental concerns with the site,” said John Sterritt, director of LAUSD’s Office of Environmental, Health and Safety. “We put the right resources on it, and we cleaned the site to the acceptable levels, and then we built the school.”

    The cleanup delayed the campus opening by 13 years and cost the district $100 million.

    • What does this have to do with the plans for the 400 block of North Boylston?

      • It’s across the street from the playing fields that are vented so underground gasses can escape into the atmosphere. When the toxicity hits a certain level, an alarm sounds and the kids are sent off the field. The same pockets of toxic gasses are under this property according to the latest report. It’s a disgracefully covered up white elephant.

  7. alison pickering

    The construction should have ventilated basement floors – as this plot of land (just like almost everything all the way over to the tar pits) is an old oil field of Gilmore fame. Views are fantastic from there and Roybal is a cool HS (what VIEWS from their quad).

    Have to agree that the ghetto comment is rude and doesn’t acknowledge how crazy it is to rent in L.A. if you make teacher’s wages or thereabouts.

    Too bad the drawings portend such ugly architecture IMHO. Let’s hope it looks better when they get it built. That part of downtown is raggedy and in a great location, if you don’t mind the old oil field reality.

  8. Seems appropriate for the area… walkable to the civic center, and the somewhat reduced parking is an encouraging trend. Too bad Temple is designed like a freeway bypass, with d*ckhead commuters flying through the neighborhood at wreckless speeds. Good luck trying to cross any of those un-signalized crosswalks without getting nailed by a car or two.

    • Many of the d*ckheads flying through the neighborhood at reckless speeds are doing so on bicycles.

      • What a silly suggestion… there’s hardly any cyclists on Temple at all, it’s a death trap in it’s current design.

        And last I checked, d*ckhead cyclists weren’t killing themselves and others nearly every other day in this city.


  9. Okay! My question is how do you get a hold of an application and apply!? For the low income of course…

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