The Planning Commission this morning unanimously approved plans for the 62-unit Sunset Flats housing development in Echo Park over the objections of nearby residents who had complained about the size of the Sunset Boulevard project. “This is too big. This is too tall. There is nothing flat at all [about it],” said one woman who spoke before the commission.
But the commissioners, who had asked the developer for modifications during a meeting last month, for the most part hailed the development that – at its highest point- would rise nearly 70-feet above Sunset Boulevard near Mohawk Street. Commission President William Roschen described the project as “exemplary” and said its size and density were appropriate for Echo Park. “This is one of the most well integrated projects I have seen on my time on the commission.”
Kate Hennigan, planning deputy for Councilman Eric Garcetti, described the project as “well designed.” The council office never took a position on the project during public hearings.
The commission voted on a request by the developer to build a project that was bigger and more dense than currently allowed. Many neighbors were concerned about the height and size of Sunset Flats. In addition, the only parking garage entrance for residents who would live in the complex would be located at the top of the hillside lot on Elsinore Street, which would funnel more traffic into the residential neighborhood.
Today, the developer presented revised plans to deal with parking issues but, for the most part, most of the parking spaces would still be accessed only by driving down Elsinore Street.