In the wake of several new large residential developments proposed along Temple Street, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has proposed a temporary ban on demolitions and new construction until long-term design guidelines can be created for Historic Filipinotown and the southern edge of Echo Park.
The proposal contained in a City Council motion would “prohibit the issuance of demolition, building and any other applicable permits” across much of Historic Filipinotown between Temple Street on the north; Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street on the south; Hoover Street on the west and Glendale Boulevard on the east.
O’Farrell, in a blog post, said Historic Filipinotown residents have expressed concerns about the loss of the neighborhood’s historic character and scale in light of new developments. Most of the developments that have been announced so far also offer little or no ground-floor retail space, which some residents and business owners say could hamper efforts to attract new businesses and services to Temple Street. “I introduced a motion that would establish long range planning tools that will help absorb new growth while preserving the distinct look and feel of the historic community.”
The area includes three recent Temple Street residential projects that would bring more than 180 new apartment units. Those developments, in addition to speculation about other projects that have yet to be announced, have triggered concern among neighbors worried about the impact on parking and the construction of new buildings that are considerably larger than many existing buildings.
The motion, if adopted by the full City Council, would direct the Planning Department and City Attorney to create what’s called an Interim Control Ordinance that would restrict demolition and new construction until permanent design guidelines are in place.