ECHO PARK – About five years ago Echo Park residents were successful in helping block the construction of a four-story, townhouse development at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Avalon Street. But now, it looks like a 35-foot-high apartment building is in the works for the same site, prompting some residents to oppose this project as well.
Building permits have been pulled to construct the seven-unit building on the site of a former gas station, according to the Building & Safety Department. The live-work units by Summerland Development Group LLC would be constructed on top of underground parking. “Interiors have a raw industrial finishes and fixtures, fitting for the hipster neighborhood of Echo Park and perfect for a live/work use,” says the website of the project manager.
But another website established by neighbors says the project is not fitting for hipsters or non-hipsters, saying the building is out of scale with the surrounding homes and apartments and does not provide off-street parking for visitors. While permits say the building will rise two stories above a garage, residents note that the units include a third, mezzanine level that boosts the structure’s height to 35 feet.
“As supporters of affordable housing, we understand the increased need for new spaces of living,” says the Avalon Echo Park website. “However, we really question the rate at which development is happening in our small neighborhood in Echo Park.”
Kevin Gray, who is involved with the group, said he wants residents to be aware of the project and contact Councilman Mitch O’Farrell to voice their concerns.
The previous proposal to build eight townhouses was abandoned after then Councilman Eric Garcetti said he preferred a smaller, less dense project on the site.