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CurbedWire: Downey Estate Controversy, Echo Park Cleaned Up

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DOWNEY: Above is Villa Lubec, a very controversial 7,000-square foot, six-bedroom estate that's set to rise in Downey. According to Eric Pierce's blog, blueprints for the mansion were approved by the Design Review Board, but a local resident filed an appeal. The resident lost once, but the City Council will hear the case at its meeting tomorrow night. It appears the thing is already under construction. Previous coverage from The Wave. [Eric Pierce's Blog]

ECHO PARK: Given the whining about the messy, dangerous-looking construction site on Echo Park Avenue, here's a follow up: Everything is tidy now. As readers will recall, this is the site of a 36-unit townhome development. Photo after the jump. [Curbed Staff]