By Mary Allen
On an agenda packed with over 25 items with topics ranging from Parks to Public Works, the Echo Park Improvement Association last night fixated on the application of FIX cafe owner, Marc Gallucci, to sell beer and wine. But, in a reflection of the mixed reaction the proposal has received from residents, the members of the association’s Neighborhood Issues Committee were divided on the matter and issued no opinion.
Fix is applying for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the City of Los Angeles, which will allow for the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to issue an on-premises beer and wine license. In addition, Galluci is seeking to expand the building as well as increasing operating hours to allow for evening dinner service.
Five community members turned out to voice opinions on the permit issue. While overwhelmingly in support of Fix cafe in its current form, opinions were mixed regarding the addition of beer and wine and extended dinner hours. Concerns centered around public safety, proximity to Elysian Heights Elementary School, and noise.
Comments ranged from resident Tony Aquino’s full support – “It would be an asset to the community” – to Jody Flowers, who pointed out that “a good portion of the children [attending Elysian Heights Elementary School] are on campus until 6 p.m.”
Gallucci, who has met with several neighborhood groups, vowed to remain a good neighbor. “I intend for my place to be a model,” he said.
The divided committee, however, decided to postpone voting and issued no opinion.
The Fix permit proposal will go before the governing board of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council, on Tuesday, Sept 27. The council’s Land Use Committee has already supported the application. From there, the application will be reviewed during a Planning Department public hearing on October 5.
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the proposal will go before the governing board of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council, whose Land Use Committee has already supported the application. From there, the application goes to the City of Los Angeles for a public hearing on October 5.
Glendale Boulevard development
Developer Marc Annotti informed residents about the housing project proposed by Harridge Develpment Group for the west side of Glendale Boulevard at the end of the 2 Freeway. Harridge is planning to build 45 homes (reduced from 68 that was proposed by a previous developer ) under the city’s small lot ordinance and 28 additional units on the site that once served as the home of Bert-Co printing. The project would be called Studio Villas,” a nod to the area’s historic home to film studios.
The presentation raised concerns about aesthetics and the livability of the highly trafficked area but it also generated discussion about the improving the existing retail and residential corridor.
Dates to note:
9/27/2011 GEPENC Board of Governor’s meeting.
10/6/2011 EPIA Town Hall
10/19/2011 EPIA Neighborhood Issues Committee Meeting
11/5/2011 Glendale Boulevard Community Cleanup Day