Not a big item on tonight’s agenda, and this kind of plan is predictable enough these days. A landlord up on Providencia across from Miller School wants to convert their building from apartments to condos, and so the council needs to officially allow the specific tract map to be redrawn before they can go ahead.
The sad thing about the request is that if granted — and it quickly will be — this condo conversion will end up removing more cheap rental stock from our town’s rapidly shrinking inventory of “affordable” housing. Is that fact being addressed by staff? Will it be asked about tonight?
Who owns the property btw?
Interesting thing about that one block. Although everything else above Sixth Street is zoned R-3 multi-residential (which means very little now, considering all of the recent zone-change allowances for developers), Providencia near Miller is zoned R-4.
What this means — and it was an especially big deal in the old days — is that the original property owners were allowed to pack a lot more units onto their properties than R-3, and with less clearance in the front. They also used to be allowed to go much higher in building height.
So compared to Santa Anita and Verdugo right next door — or Cedar on the east — Providencia is packed with a higher density of residents as well as considerably larger buildings. Although nothing like what we have now in this modern age of Burbank R-4 and R-5.
The only other such Hillside anomaly that we know about is that “Kenoaks” lot on the corner of Kenneth and San Jose. It’s zoned R-4, while the rest of the neighborhood is solidly R-3. We also know that this oddity was the result of a council-approved rezone effort back in the early 80s. An outside developer rounded up all the old houses on that end of the block, got staff to agree on an R-4 zoning change to put in more units there, and the council members quickly signed off on the deal.
While that explains San Jose and Kenneth, what’s the story on Providencia? And btw, do you know who owns most of that side of the street?
Give us a ‘T’! Give us an ‘A’!