Plans revealed for 100-unit Figueroa Street condo project near Cypress Park

The site of the 100-unit condo complex

A developer has taken the first steps to build a 5-story, 100-unit condominium project on the site of what is now a recycling center just beyond the northern fringe of Cypress Park.

The online Planning Department summary does not identify a developer but says the project at 3836 N. Figueroa St. would stretch for nearly a block and consist of five levels of housing over two levels of parking.  The project would also include 14 “bi-level” commercial units as well as a communal kitchen, pool, roof deck and solar panels.

The project at the junction of Figueroa and Pasadena Avenue still has a ways to go and would need city approval before it’s built. But if constructed, it would rank as among the largest condo projects in Northeast L.A.

A five-story building would certainly stand out in this area, which is referred to by some as Sycamore Grove. It’s a mix of older, primarily one- and two-story apartment buildings, storefronts and homes.  The long-time Mexican-American restaurant La Abeja is located in a strip of storefronts one block south in Cypress Park. The hillsides neighborhoods of Mt. Washington are a short walk away.

The developer wants to take advantage of incentives to build more housing because it’s located on major bus lines, according to the Planning Department filing.  It would also be about 3 blocks away from the Heritage Square Gold Line Station.

Public hearings will  have to be held to review the special requests being made by the developer.

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  1. The description in the story of this building sounds like it is probably seven stories, not five.

    The story says two levels of parking — OK, I will presume that is underground — “bi-level” commercial, whatever “bi-level” means, but I have to take it to mean two stories, and five stories of housing. Five and two equals a total of seven stories above ground, not five.

    And what are these “communal kitchens?” Does that actually mean a party room, or are we saying these are more like SROs, where your own living space has no kitchen, everyone uses a communal kitchen?

  2. If this does anything to make Pasadena Ave a little more friendly to pedestrians I’m for it. It’s a bloodbath, now

    • Gil Cedillo’s district. He works hard to preserve these highway-like streets.

      • Agree 100%, he does. It isn’t even worth complaining about since it’ll fall on deaf ears. Maybe by the time this development is finished we can vote him out, I guess we can dream

  3. It’s better than the disaster that’s there now with all the homeless thinking it’s their hang out and yard sale corner. That recycle place was a dump.
    I’m all for improvement.

  4. cool, it’s by public transit…… not that people who can afford these units are going to forego using their cars.

    this building is WAY TOO MASSIVE for the area. WTF….. when will this madness end?

  5. ofelia carbajal

    Guess low income & seniors are out of this housing project!! The city well approve it for tax’s what a joke

    • Perhaps, but an increase in the tax base means there’s more money to fund services for programs to help low income/seniors in the community. And if they go for a density bonus, then that typically means units set aside for low income (though I’m not sure how that works with condos vs. apartments.)

  6. This is GREAT. All of lower (southern) Figueroa in Highland Park / Cypress Park needs to be completely remade and rehabilitated. It’s one of the biggest eyesores with the most potential in all of NELA. Yes to this project and yes to many more like it. The size is totally acceptable considering it’s 3 blocks from a Metro station. This is the kind of development we need near all Metro stations. YES YES YES.

    • How shallow a comment.

      • I didn’t realize the term, “shallow” applied to buildings. Would it make you feel better to state that these architectural utilitarian structures show signs of deferred maintenance, despite their mature weathered beauty and may need to be carefully and responsibly disassembled for future development?

        Regardless, this is a good thing because LA needs more housing – shallow or not – period!

  7. Looks massive and not particularly good looking, but I think it’s a good location for something like this.

  8. Low Income Housing Prices:

    Studio: $700 month
    1 Bed: $900
    2 Bed: $1200

  9. 100 units for this corner seems big. When will the apartment and condo madness stop, especially in this spot where there are no buildings above 2 floors. That is all what this corridor needs. More people to add to the traffic. One day all views to the hills and skyline will be lost because of projects like these.

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