The scaffolding has come down from Echo Park’s new senior apartment complex, revealing a bright white, nearly 500-foot long complex that has been promoted as an “affordable senior housing community.” During last year’s ground breaking, Councilman Eric Garcetti said the $10 million complex on Glendale Boulevard across from Echo Park Lake would bring “sorely-needed housing for seniors to Echo Park.” But the monthly rents being quoted at Parkview Living, which was built by a foundation associated with Angelus Temple across the street, makes you wonder how “affordable” and “sorely-needed” the complex is for Echo Park seniors on a budget. Rents for a one-bedroom apartment begin at $1,385; rent on a two-bedroom unit begins at $1,985, according to a recording.
It’s not clear from the website if any of the 75 units at Parkview Living, which is intended for tenants age 62 and over, have been set aside for low-income seniors. The Eastsider has contacted the developer for more details. But what does an Echo Park senior who can afford $1,385 a month get for that money? About 600-square feet of living space, garage parking and access to such amenities as a garden, espresso bar and heated pool with outdoor shower. The building is expected to be completed later this year.
The folks at the Foursquare Foundation, which developed Parkview Living, apparently are expecting strong demand for the new apartments. Members of Angelus Temple and other affiliated churches are being offered a place on a Preferred Waiting List to snag an apartment.