The familiar Sunset Junction sign that looms over the terra-cotta colored shops at Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue has been stripped away and a new concrete block wall now obscures one of the Silver Lake storefronts. What’s going on? First off, the much photographed Sunset Junction signs are being cleaned up before they will reappear in the same colors and style, said a painter working on the project. The concrete block wall at the corner encloses what appears to be a patio for an expansion of Cafe Stella, the French bistro located in the same complex and owned by Gareth Kantner.
While the return of the sign is sure to appear Silver Lake locals, that new concrete barrier has put off Silver Lake resident Alexis Lantz, who writes:
I fully support having another night spot in the neighborhood that’s easy to walk to, but they installed an awful wall that cuts into the very nature of that corner. It ruins the transparency of the corner, the pedestrian environment, and in my view will actually take away for what could be a great business to enliven the corner and make it even more inviting.
Perhaps the wall is to keep Silver Lake’s Five Dollar Guy away. Whatever the reason, Sunset Junction is due for more change with a developer announcing plans to build hundreds of housing units, a saddle-shaped public art project to be installed in the intersection and the Jiffy Lube to be replaced by a transit plaza.
* Update: Silver Lake restaurant owner responds to a wall of criticism. The Eastsider