By BARRY LANK
ECHO PARK — Another apartment building is being proposed for the stretch of Sunset Boulevard heading east out of Echo Park — on the same block as a 27-unit apartment building already under construction.
A limited liability partnership plans to build 45 units at the site of a former gas station at Sunset and Innes Avenue– currently the location of Fernando’s Tires.
The majority of residences would be 1-bedroom apartments, according to the developer’s consultant, Dana A. Sayles. There would also be a small commercial storefront on the ground floor along Sunset Boulevard.
“This is an area of Sunset Boulevard with much potential for new vibrant commercial and retail uses,” Sayles said about the stretch of Sunset between the eastern edge of Echo Park to the 110 Freeway near Downtown. She cited the transit opportunities of the area – including rapid bus- lines – as well as the convenience of biking to Downtown Los Angeles, Silver Lake, Echo Park and the lake.
According to the project description, four of the apartments will be “affordable units” – rented out below market rates to low-income renters. In exchange, the project would receive a density bonus.
The project would use that bonus for an increase in floor area and an increase in height to 11 feet for each story, Sayles said. As a result, the proposed four-story building would measure 56 feet high.
If all goes according to schedule, construction could start in the Spring of 2017, Sayles said.
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Barry Lank grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, then went away for a seriously long time. He has worked in TV and radio, and currently helps produce The Final Edition Radio Hour.
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