85,000-square-foot self-storage building planned for former Ernie Jr’s Taco House in Eagle Rock

The former Ernie Jr’s Taco House would be demolished for a self storage facility | Photo by Brenda Rees

EAGLE ROCK — After sitting empty for more than 3-1/2 years, there’s now a plan to replace the former Ernie Jr’s Taco House. But if you were looking forward to a new place to dine on burritos and classic Mexican-American fare, you will be disappointed.  A developer wants to build a 4-story, nearly 85,000-square-foot self-storage facility on the property next to the 2 Freeway.

The William Warren Group, a developer of self-storage facilities, has proposed a Storquest facility with walls of glass overlooking W. Broadway and El Verano Avenue instead of the blank walls associated with most self storage places.

But before they can build, the Planning Department must approve numerous requests made by the developer. Those requests including building a project that would be taller and higher than would normally be allowed,  providing 14 instead of 38 parking spaces and an exemption from the design and other guidelines that govern development along Colorado Boulevard (the plan covers some properties, including this one, not on fronting Colorado).

Site of proposed storage facility

In justifying its request, the developer notes that city and state efforts to legalize the conversion of garages and accessory buildings  into legal residences or “granny flats” is creating more demand for commercial storage facilities. “Therefore, self storage facilities located in close vicinity to densely populated communities/neighborhoods serve a much needed service for residents themselves.”

However, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council‘s land use committee has recommended against supporting the development as currently proposed. Instead, the committee would prefer a project that follows development guidelines for the Colorado Boulevard.

The planning committee’s recommendations will be reviewed by the full neighborhood council at its meeting tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The Eagle Rock Association, a neighborhood group that pays close attention to land use, has not taken a position on the project but expects to meet with representative of the developer later this week, said Greg Merideth, association president.  However, when TERA surveyed residents who lived near the site about the project in 2015, most voiced support for the self-storage facility, he said.

“At that time, the vast majority of them favored the storage facility (rather than another restaurant or residential use) because it would likely generate less noise, traffic, and parking issues.




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  1. Despite “glass walls” a storage building at that location would be a real eyesore. It would also contribute to the ‘nowhere’ feeling of that stretch of Colorado Blvd.

  2. Eagle Rock deserves better!

  3. Jesus. Public storage?? That’s the best they can do?

  4. Eagle Rock hoarders rejoice!

  5. Agree with the above commenters. And speaking of eyesores, when will someone tear down the horrible Eagle Rock Plaza? So much land wasted on parking that’s never used and the worst Macy’s in America.

  6. Awful….this is the first glimpse of Eagle Rock seen when visitors come off Harvey from the 134 or the 2…they get to see a 4 story storage facility. This will also screw over all those living on El Verano who now will have to step out of their houses looking up at this monstrosity. El Verano first got screwed over when they lost their connection to Las Flores when they built the 2 freeway and made it a cul-de-sac, becoming almost totally isolated from the rest of the Eagle Rock neighborhood. Then they lost a good neighbor in Ernie Jr’s,….now they get this.

    • Actually the first thing visitors to Eagle Rock see are the homeless encampments under the 2 on Colorado to the West and under the 134 on on Fig to the East.

  7. I wouldn’t want this in my neighborhood but it seems nice for Eagle Rock no?

  8. Who exactly are the “vast majority” of residents that they claim desire a storage facility here?

    Complete and utter lies.

  9. I sure hope TERA won’t base their stance on this project on a 2015 survey….these plans are not from 2015, they are very much recent and they need to pull in the CURRENT opinions of neighborhood stakeholders. Many of the nearby businesses and residents were not around the last time TERA asked.

  10. IMPORTANT UPDATE: A special ERNC meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, 7pm at ER City Hall specifically so the StorQuest people can answer questions about their proposed project and so the community can discuss the proposal and help inform the ERNC’s recommendation to the Planning Department.

  11. Huge turnout for the ERNC meeting yesterday evening, standing room only, and almost the entire room showed their opposition to this proposal. Thank you for coming out and making your voices heard.

  12. The next step is a public hearing before the city planning department on 2/7/2018, 2PM, City Hall, 200 N Spring St Room 1020. (Use 201 N. Main Street entrance). Staff contact is Oliver Netburn, City Planner, email is Oliver.Netburn@lacity.org. Written testimony may be submitted via email, in person, or by U.S. mail to this individual, prior to the hearing. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Please refer to Project Site: 2803 W. Broadway Blvd and Case #: CPC-2017-4388-GPA-ZC-CU-ZV-ZAD-SPR. Mailing address: Oliver Netburn, City Planner, 200 North Spring Street, Room 763, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Please email copy of your submission to info@ernc.la for inclusion with the ERNC recommendation and to assure it makes it into the planning file.

  13. We just need Ernie’s back!

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