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Monday, September 26, 2016

New Echo Park apartments to target oldsters, not hipsters

Parkview Living. Rendering courtesy KTGY Group

A ground breaking ceremony will be held on Friday for one of the largest residential developments to built in Echo Park in many years, a 75-unit senior apartment housing complex across from Echo Park Lake. The $10 million, block-long project will rise three stories above a parking garage at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue.  Parkview Living, built by an affiliate of Angelus Temple, which is located across the street –  is billed as “affordable housing” but most of its units will not be reserved for low-income seniors and the apartments will not be covered by rent control law. However, Parkview Living will be packed with amenities to help attract tenants. Besides apartments with lake and downtown views, Parkview Living will include a fitness center, espresso cafe, dog park, “Victory Garden” and a chapel that can be used as a multi-purpose room.

Greg Campbell, director of the Foursquare Foundation, which financed the project, said in a press release:

“It is our goal to enhance this historic neighborhood and bring renewed hope and joy in a positive living environment for seniors.”

However, the project, which met with opposition from the Echo Park Historical Society * over its size, required the demolition of a handful of smaller, older building, some nearly a century-old. The Foursquare Foundation paid to have one of those structures, a Craftsman-style apartment house,  moved out of the way of wrecking crews as part of an effort to find a permanent home for the building.

The developer’s architect did break up the project into two separate buildings, added roof top terraces and included a courtyard and a grand staircase to help reduce the bulk of the structure and help it fit better into its surroundings. Still, this is going to be a big building that will be hard to miss.

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Another corner of old Echo Park bites the dust. The Eastsider

* The Eastsider is a board member of the Echo Park Historical Society



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25 comments

  1. Tacky, tacky, tacky…

  2. This is SUCH a scam.

  3. I’m not convinced that oldsters would best be served at such a busy, harrowing part of Glendale Blvd… which can feel somewhat Autobahn-esque at times. That stretch, even with a light, is sooo broad and I can only imagine the slow-as-molasses pedestrian crossings to come, incurring much driver wrath as well. I just feel it’s a poor match for the neighborhood. Just an opinion. But an opinion with safety firstly in mind nonetheless.

  4. thanks foursquare church for a little slice of orange county in echo park. you can all go back to speaking in tongues now.

  5. I hate the scale of this thing. In a neighborhood dominated by small bungalows and cottages this building seems over-bearing and out of place. They couldn’t create some small bungalows or townhouses with green-space for the seniors? I would think that some of them would prefer spaces with gardens, just like anybody else who was thinking of moving to Echo Park.

  6. Why no rent control?

  7. I really want to hate it – especially if it is connected with Angelus Temple – but I actually don’t mind it that much from the rendering. Having said that, I am usually duped by renderings that turn out to only slightly match the finished product so I will go back to hating it.

  8. @Alijill. Because someone pulled the wool over the cities eyes, or someone at the city got paid to make that happen. Their story is so confusing. First its 75 units for seniors, then its affordable house with no rent control, make up your mind. Someone should hit the brakes on this project, and If they really want to enhance this historic area MOVE. The hipster would love to change it from a church to a music venue. I agree with all of the other posters above as well.

  9. It’s funny how people rant and rave about massive developments
    like this (which suck ) , but don’t mind when their neighbors or themselves build massive garages and “modern homes” and remodel and demolish old homes that give Echo Park its charm.

    whatever……………..

  10. First that giant parking garage and now this. I didn’t live in EP for long, but in that short time I learned to really despise Angelus Temple and their shitty neighborhood stewardship.

  11. I fear this is going to turn out wrong in so many ways.

    I’ll also say it again: Glendale Boulevard is in need of some major traffic calming – if it doesn’t happen soon there will only be more and more incidents.

  12. Do geezers go the espresso route?

  13. Could be worse… at least the parking is underground. And I agree on the road diet. The city’s new bike plan calls for bike lanes on that stretch of Glendale, so it could end up becoming one car lane each direction (with a turn lane in the middle, a la Silver Lake Blvd.) to better accommodate bikes, buses, cars and parking.

  14. Hmmmmmmm…. I seem to recall stories about how St. Paul’s church, also at the Echo Lake, misled people and overbuilt their new church (after the old one burned down). Now, Foursquare church bamboozles the community and says their project will be for seniors – but then turns out it won’t?

  15. Help the motherfucking aged!

  16. So, what happened to the craftsman apartment building that was relocated from this site?

  17. Thank you Councilman Garcetti for once again being asleep at the wheel. This project cannot and should not go forward. Where is Councilman Garcetti? Absent as usual.

  18. “Senior housing” – please! It is painfully obvious that the church is looking to make a few bucks off of this property since the neighborhood is getting fancy. They tore down a really awesome apartment building to do so and are now lying about their ‘noble intentions’. I wish their tax exempt status would get revoked.

  19. Hopefully this post will clear up the facts. This is an age restricted community for seniors. All residents must be at least 62 years of age. It will be affordable in that the rents will be below market BUT it is not tax subsidized affordable housing. The Foundation is providing all of the financing and will pay property taxes. The construction of this quality community will provide close to 400 jobs. The fees for the project are close to $600,000 which helps the City and our community in these very difficult economic times. The Foundation worked with the Echo Park Historical Society, EPIA and EPCC for over a year on the design. The scale is consistent with other buildings at the inersection and received a Gold Medal from NAHB award for best design.

  20. To Mr.Greg C.
    Your post does not ‘clear up the facts’, it simply pours gasoline over the fire and infuriates the residents of the neighbourhood even further. How come the old historical parts of the city have to make way for luxury living? A home where the vast majority of seniors in Echo Park will never be able to afford to live in. There is plenty of available space, why can’t it be built in a less controversial place? What significance is it bringing to the neighbourhood besides profits and comfort for a selected few? And not to even mention the aestethics of this monster, it will be hard not to notice. Clearly this is is all done with the best interest of the community, or so you would without a doubt argue. What a shame that short sighted profits are overruling any communal sensibilty and preservation of history in Los Angeles.

  21. Well Greg, one thing’s for sure: its scale is certainly “consistent with other buildings at the inersection (sic)”… which would be the Angelus Temple and the woefully misplaced (church-owned) Citibank tower. And let’s throw in that monolithic for-church-use-only parking structure while we’re at it too. Yup, definitely consistent with the church’s penchant for throwing up oversized altars to the Almighty Dollar.

  22. Again ,

    “I’m out raged over this big building “……………blah blah buh-lah !

    In the last few years people have been building ugly ass structures dotting the hillsides , razing old Charming Echo Park houses peppered in the hills to make room for “modern homes” to be featured in some dumb magazine .

    Even building big ugly garages in front of their homes and no ones seems outraged about that !

    Echo Park for better or worse has changed .
    Gone is the laid back feel , now its over -run with
    A bunch of morons on BOTH sides of this argument !

  23. Echo Parker For Life

    Offordable Housing for Seniors, What White Seniors?, Parents of Angelus Temple Churchgoers? This will only be a place where these church people will drop off their old folks and forget about them until they feel the guilt to visit or until they pass away. I bet that there wont be a single senior resident of echo park living there…Or are they expected to bring up the economy by shopping at the New 7-ELEVEN planned on glendale and berkley, lets stop this stuff from going on, get informed people!

  24. Well, just read the Eastsider’s “terms of use” that call for civility in the posts–but, rather, the majority of posts seem to reflect those who appear to have one-sided views and are not at all open-minded. Also, didn’t President Obama most recently ask for civility of us ALL?
    I find myself wondering if there isn’t an anti-senior mentality coupled with an anti-church prejudice in the fair community of Silverlake and Echo Park. It seems that many of the posters have an issue with both Angeles Temple AND with Senior housing. Hmmmmm. So easy to hide behind the cloak of an anonymous post.

  25. I'm With Gentrify^

    I think the building looks GREAT. Good for seniors. Fuck the hipsters and CHUSMA that you love and protect so much you AMerican Apparel idiots.

    And yes, I grew up in the area.

    And yes ^Martie, Angelus Temple is a big religious elitist cult. You haven’t been in the inside to know.

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