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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