The developer who is seeking to build a small Echo Park commercial building with a restaurant at Glendale Boulevard and Montana Street may make further changes to the project in the wake of complaints from nearby residents concerned about noise and parking . News of the potential changes came after a public hearing on Thursday was cancelled because developer Sammy Kahen had failed to present updated plans to city officials for the third version of the project, which features a contemporary-design and rooftop dining terrace created by high-profile restaurant designer Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft Group.
Armen Ross, a consultant working with Kahen, said his client will probably drop a request to allow live music on the property and prohibit outdoor music as they work on resubmitting final plans and receiving approvals to serve beer and wine. “This is not a nightclub concept,” said Ross in response to concerns from neighborhood residents.
Ross noted that the idea of a restaurant with a roof top terrace and permission to sell beer and wine had not raised objections in the past when it was presented to community groups and the neighborhood council.
Despite addressing concerns about noise, some residents who live near the proposed restaurant say they remained worried about increased competition for street parking on surrounding streets from the new restaurant. The growing popularity of restaurants and night spots on nearby Sunset Boulevard, where several new beer and wine licenses have been inssued in recent years, has caused a parking crunch on nearby streets that will only be aggravated by Kahen’s project, say residents.
Under the proposal, a stretch of the Lakeshore Avenue that borders the triangular restaurant property would be turned into a one-way street and diagonal parking would be created. However, that diagonal parking would be subject to a two-hour limit and no off-street parking would be included on the former gas station property, which has been vacant for several years, said Tom Pace, who lives nearby.
If the restaurant is filled to capacity, “that means approximately 50 cars at any given time could be jockeying for the few remaining residential spots in our hood,” said Pace in an email. “Between the Echoplex, Echoes Under Sunset comedy club, the Echo, Xiao Vietnamese restaurant, Two Boots, and all the other restaurants and bars – our residential streets are under attack. Imagine coming home from a day’s work at 7pm and parking 5 blocks north of your home.”
Ross said another public hearing will be scheduled after his client resubmits plans to city officials and neighborhood groups for review.