By NATHAN SOLIS
HIGHLAND PARK — A proposed townhome project was presented to the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council last week, with mention of the homes’ estimated $500,000 price tags triggering audible gasps from the audience.
Santa Clarita-based developer Williams Homes want to bring two dozen, three-story town homes to Echo Street off of Avenue 52 – just behind the Food 4 Less supermarket on Figueroa. The 39,108-square-foot project would consist of homes ranging in size from 1,500 square-feet to 2,000 square-feet for each. Each home would also feature an attached garage on the first story and living space above. Six additional on-site parking spaces provided for guests of the property.
Members of the audience voiced concern about the project bringing more traffic to Avenue 52, and one member of the neighborhood council called the entire project a “cash grab.” The developers mentioned that they see Highland Park as an up and coming area.
This would be the second project in Highland Park for Williams Homes, which built Park 9 Homes a development off Burwood Avenue with homes priced around $800,000.
The Echo Street project is still in the preliminary stages and the developers expect to close escrow on the land sometime in early 2015. The neighborhood council requested an environmental impact report from the developers.
Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.