City planners say 75-unit Echo Park apartment complex is no big deal

By Echo Park standards, a planned apartment complex that would rise on Glendale Boulevard across from Echo Park Lake is big: 75 units housed in a three-story high, block-long complex. It would require the demolition of a handful of old and much smaller apartment houses that have long defined the blocks surrounding the lake. But as far as the city’s Planning Department is concerned, this project -which is being financed by an affiliate of Angelus Temple, also located across the street – will not have a significant impact on the neighborhood, according to an initial study. As a result, city planners say that a much more in-depth environmental review is not needed. But what the report does not mention is that the housing complex would rise across the street from another giant church sponsored project, the 544-space Angelus Temple parking garage (pictured at bottom) now nearing completion. The Foursquare Foundation, which is building the senior retirement complex, has scaled back the size of the residential project and broken it up into two large buildings (the rendering above shows an earlier version). However, the construction of what remains a large apartment complex and a giant parking garage across the street will certainly change the neighborhood landscape in a way that may not be significant to planners but will be hard for residents to avoid.

The Eastsider, as a board member of the Echo Park Historical Society, has attended several meetings with the project team to voice concern about the size and scale of the projects. The public has until until March 1 to submit their opinions on the planning department report.

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