The lots were closed to postal customers after the U.S. Postal Service decided against renewing the leases on the properties as part of long-term cost-cutting efforts, leaving some customers, especially those in Atwater, upset about increased congestion and inconvenience. But those lots may not remain empty for long.
In Atwater, ReThink Development, which has been involved with projects in Culver City, Venice and other areas, is seeking city permission to build eight separate, single-family homes on the former parking lot under the city’s city’s small-lot ordinance. The 13,700-square-foot project at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and La Clede Avenue would include one home reserved for low-income buyers as well as retail space. A zoning administrator is scheduled to review ReThink’s application at a public hearing scheduled for September 26.
Meanwhile, in Echo Park, the post office’s former satellite parking lot at the corner of Alvarado and Scott Avenue is being marketed for lease on LoopNet. Approximately 6,700-square feet of retail space would be built on the front of the lot facing Alvarado, with parking in the back. The listing does not identify a developer or when construction would begin. The Eastsider could not locate any online building permits.
A flyer touts the site’s location to other nearby stores and visibility to a large volume of passing traffic, estimated at more than 56,000 autos a day.