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.
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.
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.
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