It’s been more than 40 years since a Victorian home at the northwest corner of Marmion Way and Avenue 45 burned down, leaving behind an empty lot dominated by a trio of palms at the base of Mt. Washington. That lot may not be empty for much longer, however. Tonight, a developer will present plans at a public hearing to build six condominiums and an underground parking garage on the site overlooking a major entry point to Mt. Washington.
“It is one of the major gateways” to Mt Washington, said Charles Fisher, chair of the Highland Park-Garvanza Historic Overlay Zone, which will review the development.
Proposals to develop the site have been around for several years, with the current plans calling for two-story condos designed that emulate the work of architect Irving Gill, Fisher said. Some residents have expressed concern about the impact that vehicles entering and exiting the condo parking garage will have on traffic on Avenue 45. But Fisher said his board can only deal with aesthetics and whether the developer can preserve the stairway and retaining wall, which are considered historic features.
Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the community room of the Arroyo Seco Libray, 6145 Figueroa Street.