Echo Park housing development to make room for commercial space and parking

Jul 29, 2013

Early rendering of Sunset And Everett Apartments /Aragon Properties

By Tony Cella

The Canadian developer seeking to build a large housing development on the site of an Echo Park hardware store has tweaked the design of the Sunset Boulevard project to include more commercial space and parking in response to feedback from residents.

Aragon Properties had initially proposed building 201 units of housing on a 2.5-acre site on Sunset Boulevard near Everett Street. After meeting with criticism from some residents over failing to include ground floor commercial space,  the company expanded the size of its project by adding more than 8,000-square feet of commercial space, 58 parking spaces and several housing units that can double as work spaces, said company the Director of Planning and Development, David Roppel.

The director commented the additional parking and commercial space were made in response to community requests for a mixed use space, which would “animate” and “bring more uses” to Sunset Boulevard.

The company, which is in the processes of purchasing the property, had previously said the hilly site made it difficult to add commercial space.

Tony Cella is a freelance reporter who has covered crime and grime in Los Angeles, New York City and the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Click here to contact Cella with questions, comments or concerns.

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