Echo Park — The Hi-Ho Drive-in Market has closed for good as plans have emerged to demolish the building to make room for a “mechanical parking” facility where vehicles are stacked on top of each other.
The building at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Montana Street has seen better days. It’s exterior has been marred with graffiti and debris and it has become a magnet for the homeless who spend their days and nights along Glendale Boulevard. But the market — more like a convenience store — has been praised by Yelp users as a handy place to buy everything from milk and Lotto tickets to booze and cigarettes.
A demolition permit is pending for the market, built in 1965, and a smaller structure, which apparently once served as a Fotomat booth. The plan is to build a parking lot with “2-lift mechanical parking,“ according to permits under review.
A representative for Stayner Architects said the site will serve as a “satellite parking facility for the teachers and staff at the nearby Gabriella Charter School.”
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