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Lakeside Car Wash photo by Rincon Consultants, Inc. taken from the Project Notice of Preparation

Lakeside Car Wash

UPDATE: The City of Burbank released its Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 3700 Riverside Drive Project. Despite the Cultural Resources Assessment determining the Lakeside Car Wash eligible for local, state, and national designation, the project continues to propose the demolition of the building. 

Built in 1956, the Lakeside Car Wash at the corner of Riverside Drive and Hollywood Way is an iconic car wash and has long been a fixture near the Warner Brother's Studio in Burbank.  Blending Ranch and Googie architectural styles the car wash is uniquely Southern California in its architectural style. With low pitched rambling rooflines that reference the Valley's vast Ranch House tracts the building's split stone veneer, lava rock interiors, large pylon sign are distinctly Googie.

Throughout the years Los Angeles Times journalists have cited the iconic building when writing about Googie architecture. Rincon Consultants, Inc. identified the site as eligible for designation at the local, state, and national levels for its significance as an excellent example of post-war auto-centric development. 

Currently, the Lakeside Car Wash is threatened with demolition as part of a redevelopment project. As proposed, the development would construct a seven-story building consisting of 49 condominiums. Of the 49, just 4 units will be set aside for affordable housing allowing for the developer to build 13 additional condominiums or approximately a 13% increase in density.

In April 2021, Burbank released its Notice of Preparation for the Project. We expect the City to release a Draft Environmental Impact report sometime during Summer 2021. 


Make your voice heard and let the City of Burbank know that you support stronger preservation-based solutions to the project!

The comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) is now open until January 12, 2022. You may email your comments to Burbank Senior Planner Daniel Villa at