SILVER LAKE – After sitting dormant and vandalized for several months, the former home of Silverlake furniture at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way has seen a lot of activity in recent weeks. Workers have been replacing the roof of the brick building while a mural on the side of the building was painted over a few days ago. What’s going on?
Building permits have been issued to convert the 5,700-square-foot building into office space with a relatively small amount of retail space, according to the Department of Building & Safety. Work on the building, which once served as a car repair shop, also included the removal a 550-gallon waste oil tank, according to online city records.
Architectural renderings of the project by Oakland-based Baran Studio show a renovated interior featuring bow-truss ceilings and exposed brick walls. The Eastsider has contacted Baran Studios for more details.
Meanwhile, some residents have expressed concern that the painting over of the mural along the Benton Way side of the building will only invite more vandalism.
“There are worries that without the mural the facade will quickly be covered with gang tags,” said Anne Hars of Silver Lake. “The community is glad the building- is being worked on but , they were sad to see the mural go.”