PETA expects to move into Echo Park offices this summer

Interior work on PETA offices. Photo by Dean Decent

Work has been underway inside the former Sleep E-Z mattress showroom in Echo Park for some time  now as crews prepare the 80-year-old building for its new tenant and owner, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.  The Eastsider reported in December 2009 that the animal rights group had purchased the Art-Deco style Sunset Boulevard building near Mohawk Street to serve as its West Coast headquarters with more than 50 workers.  The building, named in honor of Bob Barker, who donated $2.5 million to purchase the property, was initially expected to be ready by late last summer. Of course, that did not happen.  PETA now anticipates to move in by early this summer. Spokesman Dan Shannon, in an email,  explains the delay:

“Since construction began in September 2010, The Bob Barker building has been undergoing a large-scale renovation to modernize the building’s structure, update its utility infrastructure, and create new office space. These updates have necessitated large-scale demolition of the existing space and extensive reinforcement of the building’s columns, leading to delays in the renovation process. The Bob Barker Building is expected to be completed in early summer 2011.”

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  1. OH, with P.E.T.A moving in, I guess that’s means GOOD-BYE TO the Echo Park Animal Alliance. I mean asking for donations for dogs in Puerto Rico was a bit of a hoot. B-)

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