New homes going up on former Silver Lake gas station site

SILVER LAKE — It was nearly a decade ago that preservationists and residents failed to prevent the demolition of what was once a Streamline Moderne-style gas station at the corner of  Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue.   The small building was quickly torn down but the site has remained vacant ever since. Now, after some failed efforts by previous owners,  a developer is in the early stages of building three homes on the property.

Reader Jason Hoang tipped us off about notices posted on the site indicating that Heyday Partnership, which has constructed small-lot projects nearby, had filed permits to build a trio of 3-story homes on the approximately 7,800-square-foot lot.  “Hopefully they in fact build because I really like their developments,” Hoang said.

Co-owner Hardy Wronske said it was too early in the process to provide any details about what the firm has in mind for the project beyond what was available in public online documents.

Some of Heyday’s nearby projects, including Auburn and Buzz Court, may provide clues of what the firm is planning for this site.

In addition to the Heyday projects, the corner lot sits in an area that has seen the arrival of several larger residential developments,  including the 63-unit Latitudes condos on Waverly Terrace and 33 more condos on the former Coffee Table property on Rowena.

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  1. My god is every sliver of open space up for grabs by greedy developers? Of course we need more housing in Los Angeles but if any neighborhood deserves a moratorium on new development, as Mitch O’Farrell is proposing, it has to be Silver Lake. We’ve given of ourselves until we’ve bled. Any other neighborhood is suitable for new development. Not us. Why isn’t this being made into a pocket park? That would be perfect for the Ivanhoe children and parents as well as the Silver Lake Yoga yogis. Or if not that a native flora and small fauna preserve?

  2. Preservation of our icons is important…but a gas station? Can’t really be sad about that one.

  3. They tore down a perfectly good building with period charm and created an eyesore and a monument to failure for years – maybe this time the project will get completed, at least.

  4. What’s going on with the flower shop across the street? It’s been closed the last few times I’ve passed by. (Does anyone remember when it was a Dexter Realty office?)

  5. Sandy Driscoll

    This is tragic news, as this area is already over-congested with so much traffic and small lot residential construction! All the more reason to protect and preserve the Silver Lake Reservoir area by making it a Wildlife Sanctuary. Please take a look and sign the petition if you agree and want the wildlife and migratory birds to be safe and protected! As the reservoirs are now being refilled (yea!!) Migratory birds (this is part of the Pacific Flyway, where 137 species of birds have been sighted) can be seen and the Great Blue Herons, who have been nesting here for many years, are returning.

    Wildlife and bird lovers are looking forward to turning this into a Wildlife Sanctuary, where walkers and joggers can safely enjoy this beautiful and serene respite from urban noise and traffic while keeping the animals safe.
    Here’s more information, and if you, too, are a lover of wildlife, sign the petition. https://www.silverlakewildlifesanctuary.org/

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