Bulldozers and demolition crews were busy this morning tearing apart one of 80-year old apartments across from Echo Park Lake on property that been targeted for a block-long, three-story high apartment complex with about 75 units. The The Foursquare Foundation, an affiliate of the Angelus Temple, has been seeking city approval to build the senior retirement complex, at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue over opposition from the Echo Park Historical Society (The Eastsider is a board member) and other residents opposed to the size of the project. The foundation’s architects did reduce the size of the project and broke it up into two large buildings. But the complex – which was to be composed of apartments renting at market rates – would still be substantially larger than the small, two-story buildings that are now being demolished based on some of the last revisions shown to residents earlier this year. The block-long complex is planned to rise across Glendale Boulevard from where Angelus Temple demolished several other buildings to construction a 544-space parking garage.
These two big buildings – and the demolition of smaller and older structures – are located only a few feet from the spot near Echo Park Lake where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Planning Department General Manager Gail Goldberg and councilmen Eric Garcetti and Ed Reyes held a press conference in October 2008 to accept an urban planning award naming Echo Park as one of the nation’s 10 great neighborhoods in part because of its historic character.
The Eastsider is seeking to get the most recent information about the retirement complex.
Photo by Susan Borden