Small-lot housing project coming to Lincoln Heights [correction]

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9 homes are planned for this vacant lot on Griffin Avenue

LINCOLN HEIGHTS —  A developer is planning to build nine homes on a vacant Griffin Avenue lot in one of the neighborhood’s first small-lot projects.

4Site Holdings, a Silver Lake developer, is requesting to subdivide the property at 2844 Griffin Avenue to accommodate nine homes under the city’s small-lot ordinance, according to a Planning Department summary.

Under the small-lot ordinance, builders can pack more single-family homes on a property than would normally be allowed, primarily by allowing the homes to be built within inches of each other and reducing the amount of open space.  While many residents have opposed the projects as being too large and out of character in old neighborhoods, supporters say the small-lot developments create more options for home buyers and are typically smaller than apartment buildings.

The Eastsider has contacted 4Site for more details.

4Site has built several projects in the Echo Park and Silver Lake areas,  including the Auburn 7 small-lot project in Silver Lake and the 49-unit Echo apartments on Temple Street.

Correction: Previous versions of this post contained the wrong photo of the development site.


  1. Not a lot of development this side of Arroyo Seco – I wonder how they will price these? It looks like 4Site’s past pedigree is much more “already up-and-here” in SL or EP instead of “up-and-coming adjacent” like Lincoln Heights is today. 9 new barely-detached homes in this hood will be interesting…

    If they’re smart they will have roof decks though – I believe they’ll have great views of DTLA if they get up 3 stories or so. I don’t know if they’re previous projects had roof decks – Auburn 7 (the most similar from their portfolio) used the roof for solar only I think. I wonder if the lot is sloped enough to let every unit have the view though…

  2. So sad. I’ve been driving by this lot for years. I looked it up once, long ago, and I think the lot is just big enough that you could legally own a horse and keep it on the land. I wanted to buy it and build a small house and make it a mini farm. Well, in my dreams, at least!

    Oh well.

    The next place to go: three or four lots over is a long kind of skinny strip that connects Griffin and Johnston. Prime small lot development if you ask me.

  3. How is building 9 homes on this lot more “than would normally be allowed”? The property NEXT DOOR has 12 homes on it. Last I checked, that’s more than 9. Saying this is more “than would be normally be allowed” isn’t true.

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