SILVER LAKE — A new development of single-family homes and a separate, 120-unit apartment complex are now in the works for Riverside Drive on the far north end of Silver Lake, raising concern among some residents.
Crews have already begun clearing several vacant lots for the construction of five single-family homes and a duplex in the 2400 block of Riverside near Gilroy Street. The development, called Periscope, will feature three-story homes, each with three bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths and elevators, said architect McShane Murnane of Silver Lake-based Project M Plus. Three of the homes will also include a detached, one-bedroom accessory or “mother-in-law” unit on the lot, he said.
While Riverside is a busy street within earshot of the 5 Freeway, Murnane said the project will be adjacent to the Red Car Property, a privately-owned strip of land that is a popular walking trail. Murnane said the developer of Periscope has agreed to clean up and landscape the adjacent Red Car Property with native plants and trees. However, a section of the trail has been fenced off to prevent dumping and protect the new plants when they are installed. Pedestrians can still get around the fence, which will be removed when the plants are established, Murnane said.
Many neighbors and the Corralitas Red Car Property Blog have raised concern about the clearing of the lots, which meant removing and scraping away existing trees and vegetation. But Murnane said that “we are going to bring that back as best we can” he said of wooded landscape.
Meanwhile, about two blocks north in the 2600 block of Riverside, a long-stalled residential project is stirring to life on the hillside. Representatives of Riverglen Phase II have notified neighbors of their intent to start grading soon in preparation to build a four-story, 120-unit apartment complex over a 2-story parking structure.
The Eastsider has contacted an official with the project for more details.
Developers have been trying to build apartments or condominiums on the Riverglen site, where the fabled Red Car once passed through, for decades, according to the Corralitas Red Car Property Blog. But those projects either went bust or were abandoned, leaving only giant retaining walls to loom over Riverside north of Fletcher Drive.
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