Friday, October 28, 2016

Bulldozers headed for office and church complex near Echo Park


The new owners of the former Metropolitan Water District campus, located between Echo Park and Downtown, are planning to begin demolition work at the Sunset Boulevard complex, a portion of which was designed by noted L.A. architect William Pereira.

A small blue demolition notice attached to a chain link fence alerted neighbors of the pending tear down of  98,000-square-feet of space at the northwest of the corner of Sunset and Beaudry Avenue. The notice indicates that the property owners will seek a city demolition permit in 30 days.

The 5.3-acre property consists of part of the former MWD campus built during the 1960s as well as a religious sanctuary constructed in the 1990s by the Holy Hill Community Church. After the church filed for bankruptcy, the property located at the base of the small Victor Heights neighborhood was sold last year for about $30 million, according to the L.A. Business Journal.

The sale, however, did not include the former MWD office tower on the west end of the block that was converted into pricey apartments. That building, now known as The Elysian, has separate ownership.

Palisades Capital Partners, which now owns the eastern portion of the block where the demolition work is planned, has proposed building a “mixed-use residential project with retail facing Sunset,” according to the L.A. Business Journal.

The Eastsider contacted the firm to find out more information about the scope of the demolition.


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  1. Wait A Minute...

    Eyesore. Tear it down.

  2. Not going to miss it. Looks like an AMC Theater in Burbank.

  3. The geography of the article reads a little confused – I believe The Elysian is at the northwest end of the block, yes?

  4. Architectural historian Alan Hess considers the Metropolitan Water District HQ to be one of William Pereira’s most important works, and shot a video explaining why today at the site. While the church did neglect the east side of the campus, and make some unfortunate alterations, it’s nothing that can’t be reversed.

    Won’t you give Alan a few minutes to make a case for saving and restoring this significant structure?

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