ECHO PARK - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the City’s Housing + Community Investment Department on Wednesday announced a Request for Proposals to build up to 98 units of Affordable and/or Permanent Supportive Housing on City-owned parcels of land along Glendale Boulevard near the Sunset Boulevard overpass.
These city-owned lots are located at 1140 - 1152 N Glendale Blvd, and 1149 - 1155 N. Lemoyne St. Councilmember O’Farrell and the community have been working on the best use of these lots for more than two years, following a report by the City Administrative Officer (CAO) that identified and evaluated all city-owned properties.
“The City is in the midst of a housing crisis coupled with a growing pandemic, which could potentially result in further displacement and an increase of homelessness,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “We have a responsibility to address this crisis with a sense of urgency by utilizing and repurposing these underutilized city-owned properties in Echo Park to provide housing for people experiencing homelessness in the area.”
“The supportive housing project would make us feel so much happier to see our neighbors living in warmth and safety rather than sleeping on cardboard on the sidewalk on cold nights," said Echo Park resident Martha Yee. "My family appreciates the work Councilmember O'Farrell is doing to champion this project for the community."
Feedback from the community open house and other meetings included: A desire for the project to be 100 % affordable; Design be in compliance of the Echo Park Community Design Overlay; Services provided for those experiencing homelessness in the immediate area; Install sound proofing to mitigate impacts from local businesses; Open recreational space for the benefit of the entire community; Community multipurpose room for community meetings; and the project should be pet-friendly.
The City’s Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is managing the Requests for proposals. Responses must be received by September 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. More information can be found below. A developer for the project should be selected by the end of 2020.