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The same developer that is working on a 15- home project in the far north end of Elysian Heights is now seeking to build an additional 17 homes on the eastern edge of Echo Park on Douglas Street. Planet Home Living plans to build the homes on two separate lots on a hill overlooking Sunset Boulevard. The Irvine-based developer intends to build 10 homes – each three stories high with roof top decks – on an empty lot at the corner of Douglas and Montana streets and an additional seven homes higher up the hill on the site where four vacant bungalows are now located, according to documents presented at a recent meeting of the Echo Park neighborhood council’s planning committee.
Planet Home has run into neighborhood opposition on its current project in Elysian Heights, where the developer recently began to grade a three-acre parcel near Allesandro and El Moran Street.
Jose Sigala, President of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council, said the committee took no position on the Douglas Street projects, deferring the item until next month to gather reaction from neighbors on the steep hillside, which is packed with a combination of small Craftsman-style bungalows and large apartment buildings. “I plan on walking door to door to solicit input and invite them to comment on the developments,” Sigala said.
The Douglas Street homes, which would rise 30 feet in height contain about 2,000-square-feet of space, would be built under the city’s small small lot ordinance, which permits property owners to carve up lots into smaller pieces to allow for additional development. Planet Home is taking advantage of the small-lot ordinance to build its Elysian Heights property while a separate developer is proposing to use the same ordinance to build approximately 18 Echo Park homes near Preston Avenue and Baxter Street.