BY BARRY LANK
ECHO PARK – What’s to become of the old Lyman Printing building at the corner of Alvarado and Elsinore streets? People are asking as work crews have begun the first phase of what appears to be an extensive renovation of the 91-year-old building.
A mock-up filed with the city Planning Department shows an exposed-brick building with two ground-floor storefronts facing Alvarado. The document lists nine parking spaces accessible from Elsinore Street.
This is one of the properties purchased by developer Fred Afari in 2015 when he bought up 15 Echo Park properties from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which is headquartered nearby on Sunset Boulevard.
Though set back about half a block from Sunset, the old printing building at 1201 Alvarado is nonetheless set closely within Echo Park’s commercial strip, with Mohawk Bend to the west, Taix French restaurant to the east and Tierra Mia Coffee right across the street.
Workers have knocked out concrete block to reveal arched window openings and other building details.
L.A. Business Journal noted at the time of sale that Afari’s past projects included converting the Chapman office building at 756 S. Broadway into luxury lofts.
UPDATE – The site should be ready for potential tenants within a few months, according to Ryan Afari, principle at the Hillcrest Company, which is developing the building.
Though no tenants have been signed up, the property is being made restaurant-ready, in case it becomes an event venue, restaurant or bar. This includes installing grease traps and preparing the sewage lines. A deck is also being installed on the roof, Afari said.
He added that the site could accommodate one to four tenants.
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