A closer look at what’s planned for Echo Park’s big and flashy new neighbor

Before:  Sunset Boulevard & White Knoll Drive  pictured Oct. 2017

After: The same spot after development |Rendering courtesy 1111 Sunset Boulevard

Many expected that the redevelopment of the former Metropolitan Water District campus just east of Echo Park would result in a big project. And the developer did not disappoint.  A game-and landscape-changing  proposal was unveiled in January that includes a 49-story skyscraper, a hotel, shops, restaurants and nearly 800 residential units for the 1100 block of Sunset Boulevard.

The investment group behind the project is now in the process of securing the necessary city approvals to move ahead with the development. The Eastsider took a closer look at some of the documents filed by the developer with the Planning Department in  January to prepare residents about what to expect.

Here are some of the highlights:

The Numbers: 994,000-square-feet of residential, commercial and hotel space; 778 condominiums (76 will be affordable units); 98-room hotel with 4,000-square-foot conference center.

Where:  The approximately 5-acre site would occupy nearly the entire 1100 block of Sunset Boulevard at Beaudry Avenue at the base of Victor Heights, which is next door to Echo Park.  The Elysian apartment tower is  on the same block and the Bahia nightclub and the Paradise motel are across Sunset.

Demolition: The Mid Century buildings designed by  noted Los Angeles architect William Pereira for the water district would be torn down as would a church sanctuary added during the 1990s.

Layout: A trio of towers, commercial and retail space and some low-rise residences would rise along the perimeter of the oval-shaped site. At the center would be low-rise offices and public open featuring an artificial hill built over a parking garage, which would extend under most of the site.

Design:  The two high-rise residential towers would be clad in painted aluminum and glass and would be built atop and be cantilevered from multi-storied platforms.  Kengo Kuma, the architect of  the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, will design  the hotel.

Height: The residential tower on Beaudry Avenue would rise 49 floors or 572-feet — making it the tallest L.A. skyscraper outside the Downtown core. A second residential tower on the north side on Alpine street would top out at 31 stories or 408 feet.  The hotel on Sunset Boulevard would be 17 stories or 211 feet.

Before: Sunset Boulevard and Beaudry Avenue pictured Feb. 2017

After: The same spot after development | Rendering courtesy 1111 Sunset Boulevard

Parking : The entire development would sit on top of an underground parking garage with 1,631 spaces for vehicles and 841 for bikes.

Living Spaces:  300-square-foot “micro units” would be included with one- and two-bedroom residences. The two residential towers and low-rise complexes would contain 778 condominiums, of which 76 would be designed as affordable units.

Short Term Rentals: The developer wants the option to convert some of the residences to short-term rentals.

Public Spaces:  The public will be able to walk on to the property from several gateways on the perimeter to wander around terraces, gardens and a grassy 30,000-square-foot area dubbed The Hill.

Shopping & Dining:  The development includes room for up to 13 restaurants and shops and a small grocery.

Historical Tidbits:  In the late 19th Century the property was known as Beaudry Park and later became the site of The Daughters of Charity Hospital, the forerunner of St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Next Step: Public hearings will be held to review the developer’s request to building a project that is larger and more dense than would normally be allowed.

Before: Beaudry Avenue near Alpine Street pictured in Feb. 2017

After: The same spot after development | Rendering courtesy 1111 Sunset Boulevard

Planning Department Filing for 1111 Sunset Boulevard by TheEastsider on Scribd

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  1. Can’t wait to see this move forward in my neighborhood! Although I will miss the views from Fig Terrace…

    Any idea on when the public hearing will be? It’s important that those who are in favor voice our support, otherwise the vocal and under-occupied minority get to once again dictate how our city develops without the qualifications or credentials to do so.

  2. this is not “moving forward” the neighborhood. Maybe for yuppies who want LA to look like Irvine. Totally inappropriate and over-scale for this block. I guess developers are desperate to “link” upscale downtown to Echo Park and eliminate the quiet strip on Sunset that doesn’t have gaudy overpriced “microunits.” And OF COURSE the developer wants the option to have some units be “short-term” rentals. Cuz LA already has a luxury glut and no way in hell will this be over 85% occupied with actual tenants. Who can afford this shit?

    • Plenty of people can afford this “shit.” Do you think lenders just give away money to developers to build buildings that no one can afford? Just because you cant afford it, doesnt mean other people cant. Also, there is no “luxury glut” in LA. At all. This project greatly improves that shitty corner and hopefully the Aragon project replacing the Do It center breaks ground asap as well. That area is finally turning the corner after looking like utter shit for years.

      • Super well said. God, please don’t let selfish single family home neighbors ruin this. This is NEEDED.

      • the people that can afford this are people who can afford to live on the nice clean streets of the west side..echo park is going to crap..it’s losing it’s charm..the one thing i do not understand with all these new apartment buildings on sunset(echo park/silverlake) is what about the traffic? it’s already getting worse and worse..pretty soon it’ll be like manhattan except we have no public transportation..i’m an LA native and i can afford to live anywhere in the world..but all this is making me leave LA..more and more yuppies who would never step foot here are the ones who will come here that want to pay 15 dollars for a juice..LA is going downhill

    • YOU ARE SPOT-ON! This is nothing more than more gluttonous developer actions, designed to move the poor out further away from
      the city…I mean, c’mon, less than 10% of these MICRO APARTMENTS will be “affordable housing”??? What a bunch of jackasses! This area is one of the last quiet areas that still has HOUSES on Sunset near downtown LA. This is where my favorite swing set is, and my favorite, most pristine and perfectly framed picture of downtown can be taken from. And now, the Uber rich are going to take THAT away too. Nothing is sacred. How much more of this do we put up with ? How much more corporate greed and divisiveness in societal ‘norms’? How much more
      Division can be driven between classes before we rebalance the system?

      • I don’t understand the critique. Those 76 new affordable units are 76 more than the 5 acre lot holds today. There are no single family homes this is tearing down, no long term residents displaced. The only residential on that block is a high-end apartment tower, The Elysian.

        I’m receptive to anti-gentrification arguments when it’s zero-sum with existing residents, but this looks like an additive project in a low-density neighborhood already adjacent to Downtown, and it looks more tasteful than the Orsini crap just a few blocks down Sunset.

  3. Irvine? Looks more like an extension of downtown to me… whether that’s a good thing or bad I suppose is debatable though.

  4. As someone who lives just up the hill…looks pretty sweet. I’m sure it will block some of my downtown view – but replacing a view of skyscrapers with a view of skyscrapers isn’t the end of the world.

  5. As long as folks who’ve called Echo Park home for countless years don’t get displaced, I’m kinda for it. Maybe scale it down a bit and remove the STR option and populate the area with people who will become a part of the community. I applaud the developers for including affordable housing as LA has become uber expensive for most. I’m a NY transplant but call Echo Park home for the past 17 years.

    • The affordable units are included here so they can build higher and add more density to an already crowded intersection at Beaudry and Sunset (without expanding the intersection). I like the idea of micro units as long as they are not displacing anyone in EP. This stretch of Sunset and the quaint entrance to Echo Park is gone and those who have fought for holding on to the culture of our city should be commended. Welcome to a city that struggles to grow without the city building proper infrastructure to support these massive structures.

  6. Curious Mike, how long have you called Echo park “your neighborhood”? You are the problem. This is hideous.

    • No, this isn’t hideous at all. The do it center, empty lots full of trash and homelessness are hideous. We need housing, a ton of it, and this is a great project for the area

      • you are clearly linked to the developers..no other reason why you’re taking this so personal..grow up..the people here do not want it..but at the end of the day..it doesn’t matter at all..because money talks..go do something else with your time yuppie scum f*ck

    • Curious Lou, how much time do you spend frolicking on this part of Sunset? It’s AWFUL. This project gives us things to do in this corner of EP. There is room for it. And think of the larger picture here… LA needs more density. This is one step forward. Now, crawl back into your single family house and board up your windows, lest you have to witness such an atrocity of urbanism!

  7. You all make me laugh! Affordable for whom???
    Luxury as the homeless sleep in the bushes.

  8. Really looking forward to the additional traffic congestion this will create, since we have such great infrastructure to absorb it.

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