Friday, October 21, 2016

Developer plans to demolish 1899 Echo Park home [updated]

Demolition notice has been posted on this 1899 home.

Demolition notice has been posted on this 1899 home.

ECHO PARK — One by one,  many of the hilltop Victorian- and Craftsman-era homes that surrounded Everett Park have been demolished over the decades to make way for large apartment buildings. Now, what appears to be one of the oldest homes on the hill on the far eastern edge of Echo Park is slated to be torn down.

A blue demolition notice, which must be posted 30 days before a property owner can obtain permits to tear down a building, has been posted in front of 1003 N. Everett Street,  a shabby, two-story residence built in 1899. A check of online property records show that nearly 1,800-square-foot home is  the oldest remaining building on the streets surrounding Everett Park, a tear-shaped parked with dramatic Downtown views.

The home on an approximately 7,000-square-foot lot above Sunset Boulevard was purchased in May for $940,000, according to Property Shark. Meanwhile, the same company that purchased the home also purchased an approximately 37,000-square-foot vacant lot next door for $3.05 million.

What do the new owners have in mind for these two properties? The Eastsider contacted developer Brad Weinstock, whose name was on the demolition permit, for more information.

Everett Park and Everett Street appear to be named after Everett E. Hall, who along with William W. Stilson in the late 19th Century subdivided the land that would become Angeleno Heights.

Update on Sept. 23: Weinstock said he’s teaming up with Damon Porter of Dynamic Development of Santa Monica  to build a 50-unit apartment complex with subterranean parking on both properties, with ground breaking planned for next year.  Weinstock said his firm has been meeting with some residents and plans to present plans next week.

“We don’t build ugly boxes,” Weinstock said. “We want to come up with something that works for everyone.”

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  1. I’m all for preservation and very much opposed to much of the modern developments that have taken LA in the last 40 years, but this thing needn’t be saved… it’s in really bad shape, architecturally insignificant, poorly constructed and less appropriate for the future of LA. If you want to admire beloved well preserved, culturally significant Victorians, Angelino Heights has a great collection of landmark preserved and beautiful Victorian homes. We can’t be emotionally attached to every single home in LA, especially ones with only “potential” to be great. Simply stated, those were built in a different time, a different Los Angeles.

    We have to accept the fact that LA has changed and continues to change and grow in size. Historic residential is no longer a sustainable typography for Americas second largest city and one of the largest urban metros in the world. It’s time for Angelenos to accept a more modern LA and refocus their preservation efforts on more culturally significant, architecturally unique and adaptive reuse that will allow us to again utilize the beauties built before mass produced housing, bland value engineered high rises and uglier “modern”

    • THANK YOU for expressing this much more clearly than I would have, agree 100%,

    • I was going to try and craft a similar comment, but you hit the nail on the head and there’s no way I can improve upon it.. Well done, sir.

    • Bunker hill ring any bells?

    • Why can San Francisco preserve their beauties?
      You and your attitude is all about the “big box apartments with mixed use retail on the bottom”.
      You’re probably not even originally from Los Angeles so you have no sense of how Los Angeles has destroyed its older homes, buildings, libraries etc.
      Never is it more Apparent than in Echo Park where homes are being replaced with big box no charm modern monstrosities.

      • Yes, San Francisco is preserved in amber. And as a consequence of that it is one of the most expensive cities to live in. Very high probability that some of your new neighbors are from SF.

      • By all means, please defend the ‘glory’ of that house that has not seen a good day since at least 1963.
        There are HPOZ (historic preservation zones) throughout the city. But defend creating one here, for this one house.

    • Michael,

      The City of Los Angeles wants to hear from you. Right now, the city’s Survey LA project is trying to put together a useable database for LA properties that will help take the guesswork and ad hoc fights out of the preservation and development process. That sounds like something you might appreciate.

      The ability to look at a small blog photo on one’s phone and assess a building’s significance, integrity and condition is probably every planner’s dream.

      I would volunteer myself but I was unable to make a similar assessment despite having being a restoration professional for the last 15 years.

      • (sarcasm noted)

        You have a point. That little enclave on Everett is pretty cool even though not intact (check out the street view). The large vacant lot next to the property in question has, I think, been vacant for a long time… I think I remember it from looking at a home on Everett a decade ago. As mentioned in the article, it’s a chance for someone to build a big development there. But honestly, there’s not much historic left on that hilltop.

  2. I find this so heartbreaking. I know it’s just one house…but it’s one house after another house. L.A. is looking more and more like ugly cookie-cutter box building Claremont.

  3. First off, Brad Weinstock HAS NOT met with ANY of our street’s Residents. NONE!! So, he is lying out his rear. He attended a NC meeting to watch it’s fuctions, that is all.
    Second; Michael, how do you know that this home was poorly constructed? Have you been inside the house? Or even on the lot? Because I have and strongly disagree with you. This was a neighborhood of people that had money to build properly, if it wasn’t it wouldn’t still be standing.
    Third; , beside the sad fact that Corporate Developers and the feeding frenzy created by the ill thought out Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance are wreaking havoc in small single family residential neighborhoods across this city, if a neighborhood contains a good collection of old homes they all should be preserved and the Property Owners and Residents should have a significant say in doing so.
    For those that care to know, HERE is what happened with this home and the very large lot next to it(was 3 turned into 1 in 1989, after they demolish another two early 20th century homes)-;
    Over a year ago Weinstock Company got into a bidding war on the lot to the tune of $3.05M, edging out other Developers that had come to us residents to find out our concerns prior to committing. So, AFTER Weinstock won in the bidding war they found out that the Zoning restrictions on the sloping property was NOT going to allow them to build what they needed to make whatever profit margin their greedy hearts desired.
    SO, their answer was to strong arm the owner of this old unkept but VERY solid house with $940K. Now, you can laugh at my use of the term of Strong arm the owner, as he makes out like a bandit, BUT us Owners and Residents are then thrust into a very shitty situation on our beautiful quiet historical street that has endured gang violence and drug trade on the street and in the park for decades, but we united and fought it off. EVERY night it is a very tough challenge to find a parking spot for our cars, and NOW this direlect Owner of 1003 Everett has reeped a huge reward by way of us Owners and Residents having worked and cleaned up our buildings and neighborhood.
    This greedy Corporate Developer was NOT satisfied enough to win the very large 37,000 sqft lot to develop, they had to attack one of our beloved old homes to boost their squarefootage to 44,000 and their bottom line. AND It WILL NOT be done is any kind of manner that will match the old street and surrounding homes, BET ON IT!!
    SO, here we stand watching this Corprate Developer throw Millions around to ruin what we have all worked so hard to achieve.
    FIFTY Apartments will damn near double the population on our small Cul De Sac street, oh, all that support this demolition and development, do you know this is Cul De Sac street that bottlenecks up at the bottom? The street will not be able to handle the very significant traffic increase even 20 apartments would bring. They won’t be Longterm Stakeholder(not Property Owners) thus not giving a crap about the longterm environment of our historic street and it’s beautiful park.
    I am all for development but not at the expense of other Property Owners and Residents for the sake of “Development”
    This house is a part of our historic street and belongs here. If $100K was put into that house inside, outside and it’s long sloping backyard it would sell in this market for atleast $1.5M, THAT is a great profit margin and it preserves a historic home on our historic street.
    As for San Fran being such an expensive place to live, you need to look no further than Silicon Valley for a significant cause of that, NOT the beautiful Vistorian and Craftsman Homes that are relished and preserved. You don’t agree, LOOK what Google did to by moving to Venice, now known as Silicon Beach.
    This house must be saved, and this Developer MUST be reigned back in and actually meet with the GEPENC and EPIA, as well as Residents/Owners. They have NOT attempted to do so thus far.

    • Well said, EveretteC!!!!!
      I hope you fight the good fight and you end up being the Davey and crush the Goliath! This development does not fit the street! These developers do NOT give a rat’s ass about the community, history, etc.
      I hope they lose money on this big time! Go to Valencia, Lancaster, Simi Valley and building ugly boxes. Don’t rip out the soul of a historical community!!!!

  4. I am Brad Weinstock, a member of the development team of the subject property. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments and passion concerning OUR neighborhood. Yes OUR neighborhood. As a native Angeleno, I too am passionate about Echo Park and Los Angeles’ east side. I have seen the neighborhoods that surround downtown grow up before my very eyes. I am also passionate about providing residents of our great city housing they are proud to call home. Should others not be allowed to call Everett/Echo Park home because we were here first? As developers we have a long history of working with our neighbors, not against. We are also passionate about great architecture. We’ll leave the “ugly big boxes” to others. We will be meeting with neighborhood groups on October 20 and 21. Details to follow. We look forward to engaging in continued constructive dialogue!

    • Adding 50units to the top of the Everett cul-de-sac is not a neighborly gesture. The density will destroy the character and liveability of the street..Even if they’re not boxes.

      A good way to compensate the locals would be to build lots of extra parking and offer ir free to existing residents.. Then I’d be more inclined to take you at your word.

    • How interesting Brad, I didn’t know you lived on Everett. I’ve never seen you in our park. If you lived here and talked to anyone, you’d know none of us want a 50 unit complex built at the top of our hill.

    • Thank you for joining the conversation, Mr. Weinstock, and committing to an October 20th meeting with all concerned with your plans. Although I and others take strong offense to your characterization and capitalized “OUR neighborhood” statement, I will move beyond it without inquiring as how you come to your emphatic “OUR neighborhood”, to ask some other pertinent questions, if you would entertain such.

      About 18 months ago, you and your team committed to the purchase of the 37,411.6 sqft 1013 Everett St lot. There was no known out reach to OUR neighborhood during this period. Then in May 2015, well over a year since your original purchase of the empty lot, a decision was made to seek the purchase this old house, at 1003 Everett St, of which we(neighbors) now learn that within 30 days a Permit of Demolition for the 110 year old house you seek, and that you intend to build 50 units on the combined lots. This raises some very important questions, the following two being among such;

      1) During all this time since your original lot purchase, why haven’t you and your team reached out to the neighborhood to discuss your plans and listen to our concerns? You’ve had around 18 months to reach out yet you’ve failed to engage in a “neighborly” discussion during all that time. Why is this?

      2) At what point, and for what reason(s), did you and your team decide to become more neighborly, by way of purchasing this adjoining property, which was not on the market? Please be so kind to inform the good Readers of this blog article as to the reasons why the 37,411.6 Sqft lot seems to not have been enough neighborhood presence? Was it Profit Margin, a desire to supply more housing, etc.? Would you please inform us, as well as correct anything I may have stated incorrectly?

      Thank you for your response and we look forward to your answer(s), as well as the upcoming meeting(s) with you, neighbors and concerned Stakeholders.

  5. I don’t think this house is architecturally insignificant, I always wanted to buy this house and fix it up one day…I am from San Francisco originally and grew up in what was considered an architecturally insignificant flat front Italian Victorian, but the history behind it is pretty cool. It survived two major earthquakes, and after re-landscaping the backyard we found 200 old glass bottles, among other things. Paris wouldn’t look like Paris if people kept updating it to make a profit. Have some pride in your heritage and culture, no wonder the rest of the world hates us.

    • Paris looks like Paris because they demolished hundreds of old neighborhoods and built new buildings that followed strict appearance guidelines from big developers. That all happened in the mid 1800s though – so now it is in the past.
      Also, plenty of people railed against the Eiffel Tower for being totally out of place (although imagine Paris without it now).
      Things change more than you actually think they do…

  6. The Dynamic Development website shows that they are first and foremost purveyors of bland corporate commercial buildings (for the likes of Dollar Tree and Krispy Kreme) that would be right at home in Downey. Housing is not their specialty. The single example on their website of housing (an apartment or condo complex) didn’t bode well for the street. I’d be nervous …

  7. ATTENTION; For all that are concerned about this house and the proposed large development on this lot and the very large ajacent lot, there is a meeting with the Developer Oct. 20th at 7PM at the old FireHouse on Bellvue and E. Edgeware in Angelino Heights. Please attend if you are concerned.
    Also, the Developer will be presenting at the EPIA(EchoParkImprovementAssociation) the following night at William Hall at Barlow Hospital on Stadium Way at 7PM.
    This is a development that is of grave concern for every person that lives on Everett St and those that truely love Everett Park.

  8. Well Brad Weinstock
    I’m sure you being a native Angeleno, being born with a silver spoon in your mouth and taking over Daddies company that was formed so long ago. Will help you with your city hall connections and help you tear down that house and build your eyesore on OUR neighborhood.
    I’m sure you live in an upscale community of LA
    However our neighborhood is filled with the fabric of LA many nationalities and most all classes and recently the hipster invasion. However we all seem to get along and live side by side. As your Architect said last night What’s Wrong with Making Money. Well nothing Brad, but you and your kind are what’s ruining this city. A rudderless, selfish little scared kid who can’t play with others in the playground. How dare you seek to destroy a piece of our neighborhood. Why don’t you build this menagerie next to your house and leave us alone.

  9. Also consider attending the ECHO PARK IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION meeting this evening (October 21) where the demolition of the house will be on the agenda!

    Help save OUR neighborhood.

    Neighborhood Issues Committee Agenda
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7 pm
    Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way

  10. Don’t worry about this property being developed. First they did illegal demolition and then didn’t pay the contractors. This guy is a clown wannabe developer. He talks like he is a Donald Trump and makes a living by scamming people and contractors.

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