Commission approves cutting down Elysian Heights trees

An Elysian Heights home developer was granted permission this morning to cut down more than 40 native trees but must first receive building and grading permits.  The city’s Board of Public Works added the condition at the request of nearby residents who feared the approximately three-acre parcel near Allesandro and El Moran Street that would be denuded of trees and sit empty for several years as have some other proposed development sites. “Removing trees, prior to the true commitment to build (obtaining grading and building permits = a serious financial commitment), would be premature and leave the neighborhood at risk for further uncommitted speculation, increased risk of slope failure, mudslides and another ugly, eyesore problem,” said Silver Lake blogger Diane Edwardson, who has opposed in the Elysian Heights development.

Developer Planet Home Living said it needed to cut down more than 40 native trees, which are protected by city ordinance and require a permit to be cut down,  to stabilize and grade a slope on the property where it wants to build 15 homes.  Planet Home, which has put the site up for sale, said it will plant more than 160 replacement trees and also create a trail that will remain open to the public.  The office of Councilman Eric Garcetti and the Echo Park neighborhood council both urged the Public Works Board to require the developer to receive building and grading permits before being allowed to cut down the trees.

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  1. $$$ speaks again! sleep well Board of Public Works & Planet Home Living…

  2. I think both corner soul and donny are confused. This protects the trees until the property is being developed. otherwise the tree removal permit would have been granted and no building or grading permits would be issued for probably several years leaving the property an eyesore and hazard.

  3. If anyone wants to follow the march toward building permits, you can check Building & Safety’s website for permit activity:

    So we don’t end up with another surprise like Sunset Junction (where they used a different address for the demo permits), the known addresses for the site included in the 2009 approved vesting tentative tract (VTT62900):

    2400 Allesandro
    2005 El Moran
    2021 El Moran

  4. @Derek M: Noted, and good to see things done in the proper order. I just think developing open space for houses where 99% of trips will require a car is asinine. We should focus development on Sunset where the infrastructure is in place to handle growth.

  5. This is sort of like the best of the worst.

  6. I believe the developer is based in Orange County.

  7. The developer has applied grading and building permits (October 11, 2011) under a new address: 2055 W. El Moran. We were aware of 2400 Allesandro, 2005 W. El Moran & 2021 W. El Moran, but this is new. Even after the Sunday, October 2nd meeting, with a strong and vocal community presence, with Council District 13 and Los Angeles Board of Public Works President Andrea Alarcon at the site, Michael Marini of Planet Home Living stated (and kept stating) that permits were filed under 2400 Allesandro. Shame, shame, shame!!!

    Cindy Ortiz

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