400+ residential units proposed for southern tip of Atwater Village

ATWATER Village — The large commercial building at 2750 W. Casitas Avenue is located in a no-man’s land, cut off from the rest of Atwater by the 2 Freeway and neighboring Glassell Park by railroad tracks. The site, however, is on increasingly valuable property next to the the L.A. River and neighboring state parkland known as the Bow Tie Parcel.  Now, a developer wants to fill this site with more than 400 residential units and commercial space.

In a filing with the Planning Department, an entity known as 2800 CASITAS, LLC is seeking city permission to subdivide the lot for 419 units, 35 of which would be designated as affordable for lower-income tenants.  In addition, the space would include 39,600-square-feet of ground floor commercial space. No further details were available.

While the development site has an Atwater address, it is located on the other side of the 2 Freeway from the main part of the neighborhood. The only way residents and their vehicle could get to their homes would be through Casitas, a narrow street, that cuts underneath the 2 Freeway.

The proposed development sits across the river from where more than 50 apartments are near completion in a riverside complex in Elysian Valley.

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