The city’s will hold a public hearing today to review a developer’s request to carve up a single Echo Park lot in order to build eight separate homes – each less than 20-feet wide. The developer, Echo Park LLC, is seeking to build the three-story homes on the site of a former gas station at Echo Park Avenue and Avalon Street under the city’s small lot subdivision ordinance, which includes guidelines “to ensure that a well proportioned and compatible small lot subdivision is designed to meet the needs of its residents and the neighborhood,” according to city documents.
If successful in subdividing the nearly 8,000 lot into eight separate pieces, the developer has presented plans to build homes that are three-stories (or 45 feet) high, 39-feet long and about 19-feetwide. 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. In February, the Echo Park neighborhood council’s planning committee declined to support the development, The Eastsider reported.
The houses might be skinny and tall by Echo Park standards, but, according to the staff report, no one has filed any objections to the project.