ECHO PARK — Two Echo Park homes that were heavily damaged in separate fires were recently demolished, paving the way for new construction.
A demolition crew was at work this morning tearing apart the remains of a 1919 Craftsman at the corner of Scott and Lake Shore avenues. The property was gutted and left vacant after it caught fire in March 2009. Last September, the fire-damaged home was sold for $380,026 – or $181,026 over asking, according to Redfin.
Online property records show the owner as Yorm Housing Llc, an entity which shares an address with Starkwood Inc., a real estate investment and development firm. It’s not clear what the new owners have in mind for the property, and no building permits have been pulled for the corner lot, according to online city records.
A few blocks south at 911 N. Bonnie Brae St., a 1907 bungalow was demolished a few days before Christmas. The house was heavily damaged in a March 2013 blaze that left two people injured. The 1,300-square-foot home sold for $510,000 in May, according to Redfin. While the city approved a demolition permit for the house, no new building permits have been applied for as of today, according to online city records.