KTGY Architecture + Planning has designed The E.R.B., a unique combination of small-lot, single-family homes, plus live-work units above ground-floor retail. Developed by Warmington Residential, The E.R.B. is in the heart of vibrant Eagle Rock, at Eagle Rock and York Boulevards. It is fronted by seven shopkeeper units, each with approximately 470 square feet of retail or office space below two floors of living space.
With the “shopkeeper” spaces, the E.R.B. introduces a mixed-use typology to small-lot developments. And with 45 residences, it is also one of the largest new small-lot developments in Los Angeles, with a larger homebuilder (Warmington) behind it.
“The E.R.B. expands the small-lot trend by adding a retail/office component,” said KTGY Architecture + Planning Principal Alan Scales AIA. “The site is in a zone that required commercial frontage, hence this fairly unique approach joining small-lot homes with shopkeeper units.”
As the small-lot concept grows in popularity, Scales envisions more commercial sites taking this form: “Most small-lots are developed on one to three residential parcels so we’re going larger here. And this scale helps attract the larger builders accustomed to building large-scale neighborhoods. As these developments grow in size they begin to create new neighborhoods, as opposed to just being part of an existing neighborhood.”