Rendering: Struere

Burbank’s Lakeside Car Wash could be razed to make way for a mixed-use development but its towering sign — a vestige of Los Angeles’ Googie architecture — would endure. 

Forty-nine condos, 2,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant or retail space, and a pocket park are proposed for 3700 Riverside Drive, according to an initial study prepared for the City of Burbank. The 0.61-acre development site is located across the street from Warner Bros. Studios and is less than a mile away from Walt Disney Studios.

Toledo Homes, a development company out of Pasadena, is behind the proposed project, which would deliver one-, two- and three-bedrooms condos ranging from 937 to 2,187 square feet. The one- and two-bedroom suites would occupy levels two through five, while the two-story three-bedroom units would be situated on the sixth and mezzanine/roof levels. A total of four condos would be set aside for very low income households in exchange for building incentives.

Rendering: Struere

Surface and subterranean parking would be provided, with 80 vehicle spaces for residents and 10 for customers and employees of the commercial space(s). A residential lobby would front onto Riverside Drive, flanked by a gym and community room. The pocket park would hug the corner, featuring lush landscaping, built-in benches and the relocated Googie sign.

Architectural drawings suggest that the 2,000-square-foot commercial space could be divided into two units and would feature outdoor dining and raised planters to visually separate it from the building’s residential component.

The second level would incorporate a 3,743-square-foot outdoor space for resident use complete with a fire pit, barbecues, dining tables, comfortable seating and ample greenery. The mezzanine/roof level would be similarly designed, touting intimate break-off areas for outdoor dining, grilling and lounging.

The condo floorplans would be characterized by galley or peninsula kitchens, open-plan living and dining areas, principal bedrooms with walk-in closets and ensuite bathrooms, laundry closets, and private balconies or patios. The two-story units on the upper levels would include one to three bedrooms, spacious great rooms, and top-floor principal retreats with their own balconies.

Rendering: Struere

Designed by Los Angeles-based architecture and interiors firm Struere, the contemporary-style building would showcase a material palette of concrete, wood cladding, aluminum mullions, corrugated metal cladding, decorative metal panels, stucco cement plaster and more. Exterior colors would include gray, blue, white, bronze and light brown.

The surrounding neighborhood offers a Whole Foods Market, upscale and fast-casual restaurants, coffee shops, and small businesses supporting the entertainment industry. The entrance to Griffith Park is five minutes away, home to the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Observatory, The Greek Theatre, golf courses, hiking trails, picnic areas and a dog park, among other attractions.

The proposed development will be discussed in greater detail during an upcoming virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at 6 pm. 

[H/T Urbanize Los Angeles]

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