Dear Councilman Garcetti- Save Echo Park

Please reach out to Mr. Garcetti. We believe he is listening.

September 8, 2010

Eric Garcetti
5500 Hollywood Blvd., 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028

RE: Sunset Flats Development Sunset Blvd, LA, CA 90026

Dear Mr. Garcetti,

We, the residents of the Washington Heights District of Echo Park would like to thank you for taking the time to meet with us on August 19th to discuss our opposition of the 5 story, 64 unit apartment development and the destruction of 6 turn of the century homes, proposed in Echo Park that stretches between Sunset Blvd and Elsinore Street.

Tonight, the apartment developers’ architect gave the Echo Park Neighborhood Council a presentation claiming that you, Eric Garcetti, are in support of their development. This is in direct conflict with what you told some of the residents of this neighborhood when they had the opportunity to meet with you.

As a neighborhood, we have a traffic problem in this particular area that is being compounded by the old Ramona Theatre bar/restauraunt development which has already received city approval to route all their valet parking from Sunset Boulevard 7 days a week up the quiet residential streets of Mohawk  and Elsinore  and down to Alvarado. The “crossover” zoning variance that the developers are asking for will also make Elsinore Street the private alley way for the project’s residents and defacto spillover parking lot for their extra cars, guests and shopping patrons. They are only providing 10 or less parking spots for retail.

We are thrilled that you have pledged your support to oppose the height and crossover  variances proposed by this developer for “Sunset Flats” and that you agree that our neighborhood is already “dense enough”. You mentioned that you would request another traffic study for this residential neighborhood and we look forward to the results. We believe a new study conducted during the afternoon/evening rush hour will show how detrimental a development of this size will be  for the current residents of Elsinore and Mohawk Streets if the crossover variance is allowed.

We have an all out assault on the peace and quiet enjoyment of the neighborhood and we hope that you will relieve these issues and support the community opposition to traffic, parking, and hyper density created by developers who are not considering the negative impact on current residents. We hope that you will help protect this neighborhood from irresponsible development and stand by your word to help.

SEE FOR MORE INFO:

www.blogs.laweekly.com/informer/city-news/echo-park-residents-slam-redes/

www.theeastsiderla.com/2010/06/popularity-brings-development-and-unease-to-a-corner-of-echo-park/

Sincerely,

The Washington Heights District
www.echoparklife.org
echoparklife@gmail.com

CC:  Echo Park Neighborhood Council
Echo Park Historical Society
Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council
Los Angeles Conservancy

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