VICTOR HEIGHTS — A pioneer of small-lot developments is working to build 13 townhomes at the top of Victor Heights, the densely packed neighborhood between Echo Park and Chinatown.
Heyday Development, which built some of the first small-lot projects on the Eastside, is now seeking city permission to build the 13 homes at 1118 W. White Knoll Drive, according the Department of Planning. The developers are also seeking to move 2,000 cubic feet of soil from the site, which was purchased last year for $1.55 million.
The developers would carve up the now empty lot under the city’s small-lot subdivision ordinance, which allows for more intense, single-family home development than typically allowed, primarily by reducing the spaces between each home and the boundaries of the lot. The increasing popularity of small lot projects among developers and buyers, however, has also triggered concern and opposition among existing residents concerned about over development, increased traffic congestion and loss of privacy.
The Eastsider has contacted Heyday, owned by brothers Kevin and Hardy Wronske, for more details about the project, which appears to be the first small lot development for Victor Heights.
A proposed townhouse development is a few blocks away from where The Elysian, a former office building turned into a pricey apartment tower, opened last year at the base of Victor Heights on Sunset Boulevard.
* Update: A previous version of this story said the development would include 14 homes based on online city records. But developer Kevin Wronske says they plan to build only 13 homes with a central driveway. The five homes on the south side are two stories and about 1,600 square-feet with 2 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths. The homes on the north row will be three stories with around 1,900 square-feet and 3 bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths.