SILVER LAKE — The winding section of Hyperion Avenue that divides Silver Lake from the Franklin Hills is dotted with low-rise architect studios, preschools, auto body shops and stores. Now, it appears that this same stretch of road might be getting additional residential development in the form of six, four-story townhouses proposed for some vacant hillside lots on Hyperion at Scotland Street.
The project is still in the very early stages, with the developers filing a Planning Department application to carve up the property into six individual lots with a total of 12 parking spaces, according an online summary. It’s not known when the project would start construction if the backers secure the necessary city approvals.
The townhouses would be built 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. Supporters of small-lot developments say the projects are often smaller and less dense than what existing zoning would allow. But the same projects have also triggered concern and opposition in Silver Lake and other neighborhoods over increased density traffic congestion and loss of privacy.
What are these Hyperion Avenue townhouses going to look like? Stay tuned.