ECHO PARK — Most of the new housing that has been built or proposed in south Echo Park has been apartments. But that could be changing. Case in point is a developer’s plans to build 18 townhomes on Union Avenue
A green construction screen has gone up in front of 245 N. Union Avenue, where a large 1905 home obscured by trees and greenery was recently demolished and the lot scraped clean. This is the spot where a Beverly Hills-based company known Wilduns MIL, LLC has filed a request with the Planning Department to carve up the approximately 14,300-square-foot lot to create an 18-unit project under the city’s small-lot development ordinance.
Under the city’s small-lot ordinance, builders can pack more single-family homes on a property than would normally be allowed, primarily by allowing the homes to be built within inches of each other and reducing the amount of open space. While many residents have opposed the projects as being too large and out of character in old neighborhoods, supporters say the small-lot developments create more options for home buyers and are typically smaller than apartment buildings.
The proposed 18-home project is one block south from where a four-story apartment building at Union and Temple Street has been completed and around the corner from other apartments buildings that are in the construction or planning stages. An estimated 2,000 apartments have recently been built, are being constructed or have been proposed in the Temple Street corridor between Downtown and East Hollywood.
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