Builders and brothers Kevin and Hardy Wronske are recognized as helping prove the viability and profitability of what are called small-lot housing projects that have popped up across The Eastside. Kevin Wronske is an architect; Hardy Wronske (whose own Lincoln Heights home was recently featured in Apartment Therapy) is a contractor. Working together as Heyday Partnership, the Wronskes have taken advantage of the city’s small-lot ordinance that allows property owners to carve up existing lots into smaller pieces that can be developed and sold as individual homes.
In Eagle Rock, the Wronskes built Rock Row (left photo), a 15-home project on Yosemite Drive in Eagle Rock that sold out within a month in early 2010. A year later, in Echo Park, the Wronskes sold a pair of small-lot homes (center photo) on Echo Park Avenue in a week at full price. In Silver Lake the Wronskes are currently building Buzz Court (right photo) , six small-lot homes on Rowena Avenue that will be covered in a screen of vertical fins. While Buzz Court is still not finished, the Wronske brothers are now apparently preparing to build another small-lot project a short walk away on Auburn Street.
The project at 2722 Auburn Street would be located on the existing site of a small bungalow court and down the street from another small-lot development called the Auburn 7, which was built in 2009 by MASS Architecture Design. The Wronske brothers also plan to build seven homes on their site, according to Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov, chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Councils Urban Design and Preservation Advisory Committee.
What do the Wronske brothers have in mind for their project? The Eastsider is seeking more details on the project.
*Update: Kevin Wronske provided a few more details:
The project will definitely be LEED certified, most likely at the Gold or Platinum level, like Rock Row and Buzz Court. It also takes advantage of the alley as its primary vehicular access instead of Auburn Street. There will be numerous floor plans ranging from 2 bed/2 bath at about 1300 sq. ft. to 1800 sq. ft. 3 bed/3 bath.