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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Slices of Echo Park life up for sale

The idea of living in a three-story home sounds spacious. But what if it’s less than 20-feet wide? Apparently skinny living is what the developer of the Elysian Heights Live-Work Loft Homes has in mind for eight condos that would be wedged into a lot at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Avalon Street. The planned townhouses are so narrow that two vehicles would have to be parked end-to-end in each garage because there is not enough room for side-by-side parking.

The backers of the project, which was first proposed about two years ago, recently applied to have the corner lot – once home to an old gas station – split up into parcels of less than 1,000-square-feet each under the city’s small lot subdivision ordinance. Faced with such constraints, most of the units are less than 20 feet wide (18-feet x 8 inches, to be exact) and 39 feet long. Three floors of living space piled on top of a garage will push the condos 45 feet in to the air – high above most of the surrounding one-story homes.

The developers of the project (a partnership called Echo Echo LLC) were not present Tuesday night when it was reviewed by the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council’s planning committee. Members of the committee, taking a dim view of the height and scale of the complex, voted against the proposal to split up the lot into such small sections.



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