Rooftop parties with amplified noise was a big concern of residents and some committee members of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council‘s Urban Design and Preservation Committee as they recently examined a proposed new small-lot development.
Eleven homes are proposed for 1933 Griffith Park Boulevard, with each three-story home containing between two and three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a two-car garage and rooftop terrace. The project will also host three guest parking spaces.
While some in attendance were concerned about the amount of traffic the subdivision would splurge into the street (“The traffic is already unbelievable,” said one resident), many were opposed to including rooftop terraces because of the potential for noisy partiers aggravating neighbors. The proposed terraces would occupy a variable amount of less than 300-square-foot rooftops.
The developers, Bulldog Partners, defended the terraces as an opportunity for the owners owners to enjoy an outdoor space, in addition to the small patios or backyards on each lot. The architect for the project explained the plans to use pseudo-organic materials for the driveways to replicate the outdoors.
Developer Matthew Evans pointed out many buildings in the area had rooftop terraces or balconies, including homes and apartments on the hills above the project site. “We have thousands of people looking down on us,” Evans said, in reference to privacy concerns.
“You can’t have huge parties on balconies,” countered committee member Jerome Courshon.
The committee voted to postpone the project until the developers were able to provide more proof of outreach.
After the meeting, Evans said he didn’t plan on revising the project.
853 Hyperion Avenue Project
The committee also reviewed a proposal to build five new homes in the 800 block of Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake; each house will come with three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms, two parking spots, and the lot will accommodate two guest cars in the additional parking.
The homes, laid out in a row perpendicular to Hyperion, will vary in height; the first and last house will be 28 feet high, with the three middle houses reaching 32.5 feet in height. The three middle houses will also sport rooftop terraces.
The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Urban Design and Preservation Committee praised the developers for removing the terraces from the houses on either side as a concession to the neighbors, who were concerned about privacy.
Despite the praises, some neighbors and residents had concerns about the project and, more importantly, how construction will impact the neighborhood.
Neighbors originally objected to the project because of the potential to exacerbate existing street traffic. One neighbor described a recent traffic accident, where a car rammed through a fence, as “terrifying.”
Residents had many questions, concerns and suggestions on how to alleviate construction woes. One stakeholder, who lives nearby the new homes, asked developers to build a wall in place of a proposed fence bordering the property before construction started to prevent winds from carrying noise and dust into his house.
Residents were also worried about contractors’ trucks and dumpsters blocking traffic. “If you put so much as a garbage can in the street, it shuts down traffic,” said one resident.
The developers responded that would consider building a wall in place of a fence, but it would not go up before construction unless it was a retaining wall. Workers would park in the red no parking zone area during the day and leave at night, he added.
* Correction: A previous version of this post said that Adaptive Realty was the developer of the project. That’s wrong. Adaptive Realty is an adviser. The development group is Hyperion Partners LLC. Sunia Homes is the project architect.
Tony Cella is a freelance reporter who has covered crime and grime in Los Angeles, New York City and the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Click here to contact Cella with questions, comments or concerns.