One decade after kicking off plans to build a mixed-use residential development at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Everett Street in Echo Park, Aragon Properties Corp. is going back to the drawing board.
Earlier this month, the Canadian development firm filed a new application with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning seeking fresh entitlements for the currently vacant site at 1185 W. Sunset Boulevard. The revised project, which retains the Sunset + Everett name from the already-approved plan, would consist of two seven-story buildings featuring a combined total of 327 studio, one, two-, and three-bedroom apartments atop above 9,462 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and parking for 263 vehicles.
The proposed plan would rely on density bonus incentives to allow a taller development with floor area than otherwise allowed by zoning rules. In exchange, Aragon would agree to set aside 41 of the new apartments as deed-restricted very low-income affordable housing. Revisions to state law regarding the density bonus has enabled more generous incentives than were available at the time the original project was initiated.
KTGY is designing the new project, which is depicted with a starkly different appearance than the approved plan, which called for a shorter 204-unit complex. The new concept would have an exterior of white stucco and fiber cement panels, but with a modulated form that would use setbacks and insets to create balconies and terrace decks for residents. Plans also call for a fitness room, a community room, and a lounge.
While the project may have ranked as the largest development planned for its immediate vicinity one decade ago, the Sunset + Everett complex has been knocked from its pedestal by a neighboring proposal. Across the street, Los Angeles officials have approved a trio of high-rise buildings for a property that once served as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District. However, that project was put on the market shortly after securing entitlements.
Outside of Sunset + Everett, Aragon Properties has developed a handful of smaller multifamily projects in and around Echo Park, including twin buildings now taking shape near Vista Hermosa Park and a 70-unit complex which recently opened on Glendale Boulevard.
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