There are many real estate developments brewing across Echo Park, but a proposal to build hundreds of housing units on the grounds of Barlow Respiratory Hospital is by far the biggest and most contentious. On Sunday, the L.A. Times weighed in with an editorial saying that the city should not change its zoning to permit such high-density development next to Elysian Park. While Barlow officials say they need to sell rezone and sell off most of the property to finance the construction of a new hospital on the site, the Times editorial said it’s not worth it:
As regrettable as it would be if Barlow were to close, that possibility does not justify an upheaval of the zoning and land-use plans for the Silver Lake, Echo Park and Elysian Valley area — the community plan for which was updated nine years ago.
The editorial added that it would be ideal if Barlow, which specializes in the treatment of patients with respiratory problems, could build a new hospital on its grounds but that “shouldn’t change the character of the neighborhood for that to happen.”
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