Echo Park — It was more than a year ago when the owners of a parking lot at the corner of Alvarado and Scott Avenue began offering to lease space in a proposed retail center. The parking lot has remained fenced off and vacant but now a zoning change has been requested that would allow up to six restaurants to be built on the property.
The lot, located next to an AutoZone, once served as a satellite parking lot for the Edendale post office on the same block. The owners want to build a 7,300-square-foot building with 33 parking spaces, according to an online summary of a Planning Department filing. A city zone change usually requires a public hearing but there are no details about that yet.
It’s not clear what kind of restaurant tenants the owners have in mind. Several fast-food restaurants already line nearby Glendale Boulevard. Is this stretch of Alvarado ready for more chains, like Yogurtland or a Panera Bakery? Perhaps a Zankou Chicken? Stay tuned.