Construction crews have busy in nearly every section of the Eastside, building new townhomes in Echo Park and Silver Lake, apartments in Glassell Park, medical facilities in Boyle Heights and traditional single-family homes in El Sereno. But how much is being built and where? The Eastsider dipped into the city’s Open Data website and reviewed the Department of Building & Safety permits issued during 2015 for new buildings across the Eastside (unincorporated East L.A. is not included). The vast majority of those new building permits were for housing: 844 apartments, condos, duplexes, single-family homes and townhomes, based on preliminary figures. That’s up more than 90% from the previous year.
While the city may issue building permits, some of the structures will not get built and will not break ground for a while. But, in general, builders don’t go to the trouble and expense of getting the permits if they are not preparing to start construction soon. Also, keep in mind that the construction that took place last year may have been covered by a permit issued in a previous year, so it may not be reflected in the 2015 results.
Here’s are some of the things we found based on last year’s permits:
- The Top Three: The three biggest and costliest projects were in Boyle Heights, where permits were issued to build a $33 million, 187-unit apartment building and daycare center as well as an $18.76 million outpatient cancer treatment center at the USC Health Science Campus. In addition, a permit was issued by for an 80-unit, $12.4 million affordable housing project at First and Boyle streets.
- Apartment Life: More than 500 apartment units were to be built under the permits across the Eastside.
- Small-Lot Land: In Silver Lake and Echo Park, permits were pulled for more than 125 townhomes in small-lot and condominium projects.
- Traditional: Builders in El Sereno favored single-family homes; permits were issued for more than a dozen single-family homes that were not part of a larger project
- The Tallest: A seven-story cancer outpatient center in Boyle Heights.
- Big Money: The total value of the new building permits issued in 2015 was more than $192 million.
- It Adds Up: Since 2013, nearly 1,800 units of new housing were permitted.