SILVER LAKE — Plans by a developer to build 11 townhomes near the corner of Coronado and Marathon streets has raised concern among residents who say the project of three-story buildings is out of scale in an area of primarily one and two story homes and apartments.
The Department of Planning is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 20 to review the developer’s request to carve up an approximately 15,000-square-foot, block-long property into 11 separate lots under the city’s small-lot ordinance. The ordinance allows owners to squeeze more single-family homes on to a site than would normally be allowed under current zoning.
In addition to 11 homes, the developer also plans to include 27 parking spaces on the site, located between Coronado and Merwin streets.
The construction of numerous small-lot projects across Silver Lake and other neighborhoods have raised criticism that the developments are often too big and intrusive in many older residential areas. Anne Hars, a Silver Lake resident who lives near the Coronado site, said neighbors have begun to circulate a petition against the development.
“One wondered if the architecture firm had even been to the location since it is stylistically so at odds with the adjacent 1 and 2-story duplexes and 4-plexes,” Hars said via email. While dense development makes sense in places like downtown, “the opposite is true for medium density zoned neighborhoods such as Coronado Street in Silver Lake,” she said. “When large scale developers come in, medium density neighborhoods are destroyed, residents disempowered and property values often fall when the inevitable economic downturn occurs.”
Wednesday’s hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. at City Hall. Click here for details.
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