From roller derby to demolition derby


ECHO PARK — Workers and heavy equipment are tearing down the former home of the L.A. Derby Dolls on Temple Street. The all-female roller derby league moved to El Sereno last year because, the league said, the property owner wanted to build condos on the site, which occupies an entire block on Temple between Bonnie Brae Street and Westlake Avenue. The city issued demolition permits for the two buildings but there are no permits indicating what will replace the facility.

The property sits on a stretch of Temple where developers have built or are planning to build hundreds of residential units.

The fate of the property has been up in the air for several years. In 2008, the owners won city approval to build four apartment towers rising as high as nine floors. But after the economy tanked, the apartment towers were scrapped in favor of a neighborhood shopping center. That also never came to pass. Now, we will have to see what the owners have in mind.




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  1. I still miss the smell of chocolate chip cookies wafting up the hill.

  2. yay more garbage shit buildings by greedy out of touch dumbasses

  3. This was also the home of Way 2 Much Entertainment. Many fine events were developed and executed from this great space, including multiple Halloween events at the White House. Ultimately we also had what was referred to as “The Worlds Best Yard Sale”. Scouring the greater area turned up no equivalent space so they are basically changing the business model and perhaps moving to the East Coast altogether. This space lent a much needed sense of unity to the community in the area and will sorely be missed, unlike the c**p that is expected to replace it.

  4. For the record: That corner of Westlake and Temple was empty in the early 1940s. Then it had the duplex I lived in on Burlington near Temple moved (part of clearance for Hollywood Freeway) and placed upon the Westlake and Temple lot; 330 North Westlake Avenue was the address for about 8 years of Marciana Cesaria Bonnivier (factory worker) and her two daughters, Geraldine and Carlene. We shared the duplex with Mr and Mrs Merriweather (chauffeur and cook). Next, the duplex was demolished and the Krispy Kake Kone Comany extended their existing building (next to Chinese grocery on the corner of Westlake and Bonnie Brae) to include that same corner lot. Years pass and the Krispy Kake Kone buildings both on Temple and on Westlake are demolished and eventually replaced by the Derby Dolls parkling lot and structure. I think it is soooooo fitting that crispy cones and aggressive women were drawn to that spot where I lived. Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier (now in Echo Park area)

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