ECHO PARK –– The stretch of Glendale Boulevard north of Sunset Boulevard can be a tough place. Traffic is often jammed with motorists traveling between the 2 Freeway and Downtown; homeless men and woman are a common sight and rival gang tags are frequently spray painted on walls. But a Canadian developer is betting that more people are ready to call Glendale Boulevard home and is seeking to build a 70-unit apartment building on the corridor.
The project, which would rise between three to five stories in height, would be located at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Aaron Street, which is now occupied by an auto repair shop and some vacant lots. The 70 units would include seven apartments for very-low income tenants as well well as seven townhome-style units on the top floor, said Dana A. Sayles, a consultant on the project.
Sayles said the project would be the first to bring live-work units to this stretch of Glendale Boulevard, with eight live-work units proposed for the ground floor at the front of the building. The project would also include two levels of parking with 89 spaces for motor vehicles and 80 bike space, she said.
The owners, identified as Aragon Properties through online real estate records, could have built a larger, 77-unit building under current zoning, Sayles said. However, Aragon is seeking city permission to exceed certain density limits that apply to the site. A public hearing on that issue will be held early next year but a date has not bee scheduled..
Aragon has also proposed building a 214-unit apartment complex on Sunset Boulevard in the east end of Echo Park. That project has met with neighborhood opposition.
On Glendale Boulevard, Aragon’s 70-unit apartment complex would join a growing number of residential projects that have been proposed or have been built. A block north near the 2 Freeway exit, SL70, a development of 70, for-sale townhomes, is in the final stages of construction.
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