Reactions on Twitter to the Taix redevelopment proposal have been, to borrow a phrase from the French, un peu piquant. Public feedback on the initial rendering ranged from sarcastic, “I hope they put in a cool coffee shop, like a Capital One Cafe,” (@jeffgrace) to straight-forward, “The lack of charm, imagination, and affordable housing is inexcusable” (@suzannaregos).
It looks like NIMBYs and YIMBYs will have more to discuss this week, as an environmental assessment has been submitted to Los Angeles City Planning for the French restaurant’s overflow parking lot, located at 2001 West Reservoir Street in Echo Park.
Few details were provided, but the description calls for a 49-unit, mid-rise residential project to be built by the same developer, Vancouver, Washington-based Holland Partner Group. The nearly 6,600-square-foot lot is zoned for a maximum of six stories, although additional height could be granted if TOC Affordable Housing incentives are sought.
Taix has been in business since 1882, but moved to its current Echo Park location in 1962. The owner, Mike Taix, sold the property to Holland Partner Group in July of last year for $12 million, citing declining profits and ballooning costs. He even penned a response to the public outcry in The Eastsider, writing, “I shudder to think what would have happened if we still had property taxes and a mortgage; we would not have survived Covid19.”
Rendering of Echo Park – Taix Square by Togawa Smith Martin
A smaller version of the restaurant, roughly one-third of its original size, will be included in the mixed-use redevelopment, although Taix will close temporarily during construction. The country kitsch exterior will be demolished but the institution’s beloved lounge, bar and signage will be preserved.
Known as Echo Park – Taix Square, the first phase of the project will include 170 apartments and 13,000 square feet of commercial space if approved by the City. Around 14 percent of the units will be reserved for very low-income tenants and floorplans will range from studios to three bedrooms with up to 1,300 square feet of living space.