SILVER LAKE — A developer’s plans to demolish several 1920s-era bungalows and replace them with 10 contemporary-style townhomes has drawn opposition from neighbors who have challenged the project as being out of place for the neighborhood on the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park.
A Planning Department Zoning Administrator is scheduled to review the project, which is located at 1425-1433 Waterloo Street, during a public hearing today, Wednesday, July 2. The developers, PHL Waterloo, LLC, have proposed to build 10 small lot single-family homes with 20 parking spaces on a 15,130 square foot site, which is currently occupied by three vacant, 1920s California bungalows. If the project is approved, the bungalows will be demolished and will be replaced with modern style buildings.
Located west of Glendale Boulevard between Scott Avenue and Montana Street, the development has some neighbors questioning whether the new homes, which are high up on a hill, will overlook into the backyards of those who live on Coronado Terrace, which is the next block down the hill. Concerns about zoning and the population density on such a small lot, parking, increased noise level and compatibility with nearby buildings will be addressed.
Local residents have organized regular meetings to address the issues and have collected more than 300 names opposing the development as it stands. “We would like to negotiate modifications with the developers. We would also also like to obtain an environmental impact report,” said Connie (last name withheld), a local resident. The group claims that the mitigated negative declaration is insufficient.
The Department of City Planning will make the final determination at the meeting.
Cecilia Padilla Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999.