Saturday, October 22, 2016

More of Echo Park’s Sunset Boulevard bungalows to bite the dust

Sunset Boulevard bungalows to be demolished

Sunset Boulevard bungalows to be demolished

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ECHO PARK — Amid the stores, restaurants, bars and gas stations of Sunset Boulevard, a few small homes and bungalows still remain on the busy street. But with real estate values rising and zoning that encourages dense development along major street, time is running out for many of the remaining Sunset Boulevard bungalows. Case in point is a pair of 1920s Sunset Boulevard bungalows near Portia Street that have been targeted for demolition to make way for an apartment building.

A blue, 30-day demolition notice has been taped to a fence that has gone up in front of 1492-94 Sunset Boulevard, where the two clapboard bungalows stand at the back of a deep lot shaded by large trees and filled with plants and grasses. Building permits have been applied for but not yet granted to build a five-unit, four-story apartment building with a one-story garage, according to a summary of Building & Safety Department records. A permit to build a retaining wall that would rise as high as 23 feet has also been pulled.

The leafy lot sits next to another Sunset Boulevard house and other structures that went up for sale for $2.85 million.  That property is being promoted as an  “ideal potential apartment, condominium or mixed-use development site,” according to its listing description.

“That whole block is gone,” said Jennifer Deines, an Angeleno Heights resident who noticed the demolition notices. “Such a beautiful sanctuary right off the craziness that is Sunset Boulevard. This is the stuff that made Echo Park legendary.”

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  1. If those are oak trees are they not protected? Someone should get on that.

  2. Yes good point @eastsidearts! You can’t tear those out.

    • Eastsidearts “someone” should get on that.
      Why dont you get on it ?

      • Soba, there are many more commentators on this site that are well versed in development issues than I am, it’s really not my area of involvement. Plus, I don’t live in the immediate area, so it would be better for that charge to be led by someone immediately local. Have a nice day.

  3. Good job Developers! Knock down those hideous historic bungalows and build multistory 100+ unit condo/apts,
    To further conjest the streets with ever escalating traffic. Please don’t stop until sunset blvd is in a continuous state of gridlock, mirroring the fantastic work you’ve done everywhere else in LA.

    • It’s not the developers at fault here. They are merely taking advantage of the current laws. Your beef should be with the city “leaders”.

  4. I like the …oh yeah we’ll tear these down, but no building permits have been applied for, yet…attitude. So how many years will these become problem lots, stripped of homes, trees and vegetation (except for the weeds) while they could have at least waited until they got their approvals to build. Has anything been approved by City Planning for this site yet? More real estate speculation improving the neighborhood…

  5. echo park resident

    I’m tired of these filthy rich developers destroying echo park with these gigantic buildings!

    • You should buy these properties and preserve them. Or form a non-profit with like minded people and pool your money.

  6. It’s sad to see them go, but it’s better for them to build apartments on a major street like Sunset than up in the hills where the streets can’t handle the extra traffic.

    • You have a point about the lanes and sunset….but enough is enough.
      Developers are ruining LA and the City Council is enabling them ( and no doubt getting kickbacks throughout the entire process).

      • Every single building in LA was built by “greedy developers”. Cities grow, they change, that’s life. I agree with @Hillster, the problem is not mid rise development along major streets like Sunset, but all the development up in the hills, where the infrastructure can’t support it.

  7. Please tear out that ugly strip mall and build on the surface parking lot of the grocery store across the street. The bungalows don’t bother me, it’s the hideous exposed surface lots that make the street ugly.

  8. Here is a great movie on how to create a beautiful city. It really gets to the point about how particular cities enforse strict codes that allow for beauty and how some cities leave the private developer up to their own devise thus creating a horribly unattractive setting.


    • Unfortunately, LA enforces strict codes (minimum parking requirements, highway geometry of our streets, etc.) that don’t allow for the beauty or charm of the cities that video highlights.

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