ECHO PARK — An afternoon ground breaking ceremony is planned for today, Oct. 27, for the newest and largest apartment project on Temple Street: the Alexan South Echo. With five floors, 200 apartments and nearly 22,000-square-feet of retail space spread over 1.7-acres, the Alexan South Echo is so far the largest project to get underway on Temple in recent years.
The developer, Trammell Crow Residential, is going to build the complex in the 1900 block of Temple once occupied by the Derby Dolls roller rink, and, way before that, an ice cream cone plant. Rents at the development, which would include amenities ranging from a swimming pool to a dog washing/grooming station, would range from $1,700 to $3,900 for a combination of studios and one- and two-bedroom units.
There has been a wave of new new housing rising or planned on or near Temple (check out this map). Three blocks east of the Alexan South site, a four-story, 69-unit apartment building is currently under construction while crews are building a 47-unit complex a few blocks to the west.
Residents have expressed concern that these apartment buildings are too big for the area and could lead to more traffic congestion and competition for scarce street parking. But developers have been attracted to the Temple corridor because they can take advantage of the generous zoning in the area. Some of these developments have targeted tenants who are looking for relatively affordable – and newer – alternatives to pricier places north of the 101.
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