Site preparation is underway for a long-proposed multifamily housing development just west of the L.A. River in Silver Lake.

The Riverglen II project, which was first submitted to the Planning Department for review in 2009, will span more than 1,500 feet in length along Riverside Drive between Fletcher Drive and Glendale Boulevard.  Plans call for the construction of more than 120 one- and two-bedroom dwellings, perched above a two-level concrete podium.

Kobi and Monica Moses of GMPA Architects are designing Riverglen, which consists of three four-story buildings linked together with glass-enclosed modules containing shared amenities such as a pool and a recreation center.  The design concept - which was influenced by its hillside location, the nearby I-5 Freeway, and Los Angeles River - is described as mimicking "the motion of cars along the freeway," with colored, modular elements.

City records list the owner of the development site as an entity connected to Los Angeles-based real estate management firm Miracle Mile Properties.  A representative of the company states that construction is expected to be completed within a period of approximately 33 months, placing an anticipated date sometime in 2023.

The original Riverglen apartments, which consists of 160 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units on an adjoining property at Riverside and Glendale Boulevard, opened in 1988.

The development site sits a block north along Riverside Drive from Periscope, a multifamily project consisting of 12 residential units in eight buildings.