Development at 1901 Blake Avenue

ELYSIAN VALLEY ––  An investment group is seeking to build 49 residential units and commercial space on what is now a primarily a parking lot, the most recent development proposed for property adjacent to the L.A. River.

The investors have hired Los Angeles architect Lorcan O’Herlihy to design the development at 1901 Blake Avenue. The project would include three stories of residential units  on top of ground-floor commercial space and parking, said Dana Sayles, a consulting working on the project. The  project is still in the early stages but the concept includes  a courtyard and a 12-foot wide pathway that would allow the public to walk to the L.A. River path from Blake, she said.

The building’s units would range from one to three bedrooms, and 10% would be designated as affordable for lower income tenants.




  1. Here we go. Destroying the beautiful neighborhood we once had. I can’t believe these people allowing every nook and cranny to be filled with apartments. Isn’t our city overcrowded enough. Why don’t these so called developers put up apartments where they reside.( This neighborhhod council of ours is a joke. They are 100% in compliance for this area to be gentrified. This is only the begining.)
    I can only hope my people, become more involved with this community before it is to late. The ball has started to roll, and there is no stopping it. The whites, hipsters, and so called artists don’t want the Mexican around, unless its to do their yard work. I am pleading with the people who have resided here in E.V. for the past generations, to please take an active roll. We are not wanted here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. This is NOT about race, especially in Elysian Valley.

    Development will bring section 8 housing and the upper class. The problem is big Development does NOT belong in this very small community. No Development in Elyisan Valley. It is NOT wanted here!!!

  3. These anti-progress, NIMBY attitudes are so disappointing. Elysian valley is a great neighborhood but we desperately need local businesses we can walk to and get coffee and lunch. Any development that brings small businesses like that which cater to the community and allow us to walk down the street for a bite to eat is a good thing! Plus, these developments are not tearing down homes or trees, they are repurposing what let’s face it are run down grungy eyesores of parking lots and light industrial zones. I think it’s pretty racist to accuse white people who live here of wanting to boot out Mexicans. I don’t think that is on anyone’s agenda and it’s also pretty racist to assume that all Mexicans are poor renters who are scared of gentrification. I have met many plenty of Mexican neighbors who have owned their homes for 40 years and are excited at the newfound interest and increasing value in our neighborhood!

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