A million-square-foot residential and commercial project proposed between Echo Park and Downtown is partly located on an earthquake fault and includes some potentially historic buildings that would be demolished.
Those are some of the findings of an initial Planning Department study that says the $600 million project will — as expected — require a full environmental impact report. That report will take a deeper dive into a long list of “potentially significant impacts” that range from traffic and air quality to flooding and public services.
The game-and landscape-changing development includes a 49-story skyscraper, a hotel, shops, restaurants and nearly 800 residential units. The development in the 1100 block of Sunset Boulevard will take a decade to complete, says the initial study.
Here are a few of the major impacts and risks that will be reviewed by environmental impact report:
- Preservationists tried but failed to have some of the former Metropolitan Water District campus declared a historic landmark. The developer is also planning to recreate some of the concrete sunscreen walls that were a signature part of the complex designed by Mid Century architect William Pereira. Still, the project’s potential impact to these and other historic resources will still need a detailed evaluation.
- An earthquake fault crosses under the western side of the five-acre site. “While the unnamed fault is not designated as an Earthquake Fault Zone and the unnamed fault is not considered active, further review of the geologic unit underlying the Project Site, including as it relates to the unnamed fault, has been requested by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety,” said the initial study.
- The project is located on a hillside that is nowhere near a river or stream. However, flooding is a “risk” that needs to be analyzed since the project’s underground parking garage would be 64 feet deep but groundwater has been detected 16 feet below ground. “Therefore, further analysis of this issue will be included in the EIR,” said the study.
A full copy of the initial study can be found here.
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