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More housing headed for Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park

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Site of 36-unit apartment building

ECHO PARK — A Los Angeles developer has received city permits to build a four-story apartment building near the busy intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street.

The 36-unit complex with commercial space and basement parking would rise on an empty lot between Car Wash on Sunset and an existing apartment building, according to Building & Safety permit information.

The permits were issued to Debora Nassirzadeh of B. Raeen Construction to build the $5.9 million apartment building.  The same developer has constructed a mix of residential and commercial projects across the city, according to its website. The Eastsider has contacted B. Raeen for more information.

Residential development along Sunset Boulevard stalled during the recession but has resumed as the economy and real estate markets have strengthened. A 27-unit apartment building is now under construction on Sunset near Elysian Park Avenue while two bungalows were demolished last year to make way for a 5-unit project on Sunset near Portia Street.

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20 comments

  1. Their projects look awful, all strip malls and generic beige apartment buildings. Hopefully they do something better here!

  2. Thank you for the update, Eastsider LA. I have been wondering what the was status in regards to this lot.

  3. @Palmero What do you expect from a developer that uses comic sans for their project pages on their website. No joke.

  4. lol at the comic sans font on their projects list.

  5. Will there be affordable units to help alleviate the homeless crisis in the city? Or will they all be available exclusively to the affluent?

    Also, the increased density from projects like these means it’s time for dedicated bus lanes or a subway route along Sunset Blvd.

    • The vast majority of homeless don’t need nor want housing. They NEED mental health care. They WANT to continue self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Simply making more housing will not solve the problem.

      • Actually, evidence points to housing being a key element to the mentally ill/ homeless -getting- medication. The best solutions I’ve heard being implemented include housing and mobile medical health professionals that do site visits and monitor these patients.
        Basically, I agree -mental health care- is the issue, but housing is a key part of that equasion.

        • That is a perfect world scenario. The fact is that the majority of homeless turn down housing because they have to follow the rules and get help. They prefer living on the street without those pesky rules.
          It would be more effective to enforce vagrancy laws and stop catering to those who refuse to be contributing to society. Catering to the problem will make it worse.

  6. Ohhh my god, you HAVE to look at their website…

  7. These projects are awful. Look at the website. Want a little bit of Lancaster/Palmdale in your life? Check out this company’s projects. They lack. They lack. They lack. Not something I’m looking forward to. I’m not opposed to well designed urban growth, but this company does not have any sense of the neighborhood!

    • Show up to Echo Park Improvement Association meetings (our neighborhood council is a joke and is being audited by the city) and get the ball rolling on a community review of the property. It’s the only way we can keep this Glendale crap out of Echo Park.

      • Echo Park improvement association ? ….we have tried to fight projects with help from the “association ” and it has deemed absolutely USELESS as a voice for needs of the community. Yes USELESS… The only projects being approved are bars, overpriced restaurants and huge apartments .

  8. NO! I will rule Los Angeles with MY faux-italianate empire! Three BMW’s in your driveway or carport? TACKY! I park my fleet of BMWs in my GATED PARKING GARAGE.

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