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.
Another corner of old Echo Park bites the dust. The Eastsider
* The Eastsider is a board member of the Echo Park Historical Society