HIGHLAND PARK — A more than century-old bungalow in the 300 block of S Avenue 57 would be replaced with five new townhouses designed under the city’s small-lot development ordinance, according to an application filed with the Planning Department.
The project designed by Modative Architecture, which has designed several small-lot projects across the city, would replace the 1909 home that sits on an approximately 8,000-square-foot lot near the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway. Renderings for Avenue 57 Art Walk Homes show three-level homes rising in a neighborhood of large apartment complexes as well as smaller houses.
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.