We’ve written a lot on the apartment building boom in the Temple Street Corridor on the southern edge of Echo Park. But further south, Beverly Boulevard has also attracted the attention of residential developers. For example, a block-long row of buildings on the southside of Beverly between Burlington Avenue and Bonnie Brae Street will be demolished for a five-story, 243-unit apartment building if the developer receives all the necessary approvals.
On Thursday, the city Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on a staff report that supports the construction of a project that is significantly larger than would normally be allowed in return for reserving 21 apartments for very low income tenants. In addition, the developer would also provide fewer parking spaces than required of a traditional project as well as less open space. Planning Department staff also says the project should not be subject to a more comprehensive environmental report that would provide more details about building’s impact on traffic, air quality, public services and other issues.
The site on the border of Echo Park and Westlake is currently occupied by two commercial buildings, one of which is vacant, and a 12-unit apartment building, whose residents would have to be offered relocation benefits if the project is approved.
Under plans submitted to the city, the nearly 80-foot-high building would include a small amount of ground-floor retail space, parking for 292 motor vehicles and 272 bikes and space for a fitness center, “bike kitchens,” dog wash and rooftop deck. The apartments would consist of 80 studios, 114 one-bedroom units and 49 two-bedroom units.
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