New homes to replace 1909 Highland Park bungalow

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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.


  1. I’m not opposed to change and smart development, but I am VERY GRATEFUL a large chunk of Highland Park has the HPOZ which protects a stretch of historic homes and buildings, protecting them from being demolished and replaced with modern condos. It’s important to save some history and celebrate the craftsmanship of home building in the past while balancing it with changing needs. Hopefully someone will take the house and move it and give it a new home.

  2. It’s a pretty ugly house…

    • Okay is it pretty or ugly? Nice grammar. We are talking about history here. ?

      • The qualifying adverb pretty, meaning “fairly or moderately” has been in general use since the late 16th century. Although most common in informal speech and writing, it is far from restricted to them, and often is less stilted than alternatives such as relatively, moderately, and quite.
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      • Nothing historical about that house. It’s just an old house. There are great craftsmans out there – this aint one of them. I appreciate preservation, but when people apply it to every single structure over 30 years of age, it becomes meaningless.

  3. Is it old? Yes. Is it architecturally significant? Maybe. The house can always be moved to a vacant lot – lord knows there are plenty in this community. Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park both have vacant lots on their main commercial drags and on their already-developed side streets.

    5 townhomes/condos? As long as they aren’t total crap like the ones that went up near Coco’s on York I’m cool with it.

  4. There are certainly some culturally and historically significant homes in HP, this is not one of them… I like the new designs

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