Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to uphold the approval of a small mixed-use building planned in Echo Park, rejecting an appeal from a neighboring property owner which salt to halt the development.
The proposed project from Kenihan Development, would rise from a property located at 1449-1451 Echo Park Avenue, replacing a triplex completed in the 1920s. In its place, plans call for the construction of a four-story building featuring 27 apartments - including three units reserved for very low-income households - above 210 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a 24-car subterranean parking garage.
Kenihan entitled the project using Transit Oriented Communities incentives to achieve increased height and reductions to zoning-required side-yard setbacks.
Architect Sammie Tabrizi is designing the contemporary low-rise building, which would include a mix of studio and one-bedroom units.
The project appellant, who identified herself as neighboring property owner for more than 50 years, argued had urged the Commission to reject the project as currently envisioned, raising concerns about the project's scale and a perceived lack of on-site parking. A staff report, finding no legal merit to the complaints, recommended denial of the appeal.
The project follows on the heels of a larger mixed-use building now under construction a short distance north at the intersection of Echo Park Avenue and Grafton Street.
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