A developer planning a housing project on an Echo Park hillside has applied for city permits to build 18 homes and demolish several existing buildings on the property.
The developer, Local Construct, applied for the permits this month after plans for its 18-home Blackbird project designed by architect Barbara Bestor were approved earlier this year by city planning authorities. The project raised concern among many neighbors, who were seeking a small project to minimize the impact on traffic and street parking.
The Eastsider has contacted Local Construct for more details about construction activity but the Blackbird’s project website said the demolition of several small and vacant homes is scheduled to begin this week and take 10 working days to complete. “We are underway,” said a company Facebook posting.
The 18 homes will be constructed on five lots near the southeast corner of Baxter and Vestal Avenue under the city’s the city’s small lot ordinance, which allows for more dense development on some building lots.
The property was purchased last fall from a family trust for $1.725 million. Some of the existing homes, including a few that are more than a century old, have been fenced off and empty for years.