Silver Lake’s Big Dig*

A big notch of Silver Lake hillside  at 3025 Sunset Boulevard near Vendome Street has been removed as workers prepare to build a three-unit apartment building with basement parking across from Los Globos night club.  What will it look like? The Eastsider found a 2007 rendering of a project planned for the site  that includes a cafe space at the base of the the 100-foot high hill. But it’s not clear if what’s being built now will resemble the four-year-old plans.

* Update: Architect David Reddy, whose whose firm created the 2007 renderings, said he has not been involved in the project since he was hired to come up with a concept and preliminary plans.  He doubts the builder is pursuing the same plans but does not know for sure.

Top photo taken today; photo at right taken on Sept. 1


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  1. I couldn’t believe it when I saw how significant this dig was the other day. How do things like this get through an environmental impact report? Talk about changing the drainage and possibly undermining the stability of the homes on the hill above …

    I’m hoping it’s less god-awful than the mini mart at the corner of Sunset and Parkman, where the bare exposed chopped-off hill is sealed in beautiful cement (someone had to have gotten paid off in city planning for that thing to get passed).

  2. Seems like only a little while back that there was an Airstream parked in a much smaller excavation on this property.

  3. Let’s see…

    Desirable area (despite facing Sunset), new construction, underground parking…Anyone want to venture what one of these apartments in this so-called “mixed income” neighborhood will cost? I’m thinking $2200/mo for a one bedroom, but even I think that’s lowballing it a bit.

    Geez. Can we please start building NICE apartments in this area that don’t require 4 people to live in a one bedroom for them to be affordable? Is it too much to ask for one bedrooms to run from $800-$1000/mo? (Answer: Yeah…)

  4. I’m under the impression that 14 feet is the maximum height of retaining walls these days. These look quite a bit taller than that.

  5. what’s your real name Chapps?

  6. Good luck with that. That hillside is notorious for slides, and the drainage problem is evident by the water stains indicating the seepage doesn’t even come out the weep holes.

  7. @$$$: The only way to get cheaper apartments is to allow developers to build more densely than is presently permitted by LA zoning and without having to navigate red tape from the city.

    As long as there people like Chapps complaining about environmental impact reports (on Sunset! in a densely populated area!), the city will make it hard to build, so builders will have to charge a lot for their products.

  8. Chapps, you are so out of touch with what an Environmental Impact Report is and does. I would guess that this project was categorically exempt from CEQA as in-fill development.

  9. Addressing the city’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ attitude towards parking requirements will reduce the rents on a lot of these kinds of mixed use projects… hopefully AB 710 passes: http://la.streetsblog.org/2011/04/27/ab-710-sails-through-committee-no-date-yet-for-full-assembly-hearing/

  10. lol…I love it how every reader is suddenly a structural engineer and CEQA expert. Calm down people.

    The project was reviewed for CEQA compliance and I believe it was deemed categorically exempt. Regardless of CEQA clearance, it still had to pass building and safety sign-off and code compliance from planning, both of which it did. B&S signed off on drainage, retaining walls, etc. Now it just has to be built to the approved plans, which also involves periodic inspections throughout construction.

    I believe the the most recent plans call for construction in 2 phases, one residential and one retail. I believe this is phase 1, the retail portion.

  11. I remember attending the meeting of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s planning committee meeting in 2007 when that development seen in the rendering was presented. It was shot down pretty hard so I’m betting if it’s the same owners involved they’ve come up with a smaller-scale plan that met with the committee’s approval.

  12. Chapps: If you’re thinking the cement-covering came first, think again. That minimall at Sunset and Parkman has been in operation at Sunset and Parkman since the 1930s (or even earlier), albeit originally with much more architecturally appealing structures. I’m not sure when the hillside was slathered in cement but it was probably done in the middle part of the last century as a best-case “solution” against erosion.

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