Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Ambassador Cam, #33


Ambassador Hotel site; April 18, 2006; 7:02 p.m.

Things have been relatively quiet over the last month at the Ambassador Hotel site. As you can see, the hollowed shell of the Cocoanut Grove still remains, some of it now covered up by siding. We'll continue to periodically check in on the impending school construction.

8 Comments:

Blogger KimberlyDiane said...

Michael,
I am a senior architectural studies major at the University of Arkansas. I have been writing my honors thesis on the Ambassador, its story, its connection to Los Angeles, and its fall to the wrecking ball. Your blog has offered invaluable information. I wanted to offer you a formal thank you, and was wondering if I could have your e-mail address. (Perhaps I'm even more computer illiterate than I thought and it's somewhere on this blog...)
Thanks
Kimberly
kforman@uark.edu

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What IS the hold-up? I was sad when they tore the building down, I was in favor of preserving it. But now that it's gone, and with LAUSD saying how desperately they need the extra classrooms, why haven't they started on the new building? I live directly next door to the Ambassador property, and from what I can tell there hasn't been a single worker out there in weeks.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks to me like the school district is taking their sweet old time so they can demolish what is left of the Coconut Grove and no one will care because they will feel that all the feelings and pashions that people have about the Ambassador will be long gone.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i worked next to the old site. No work has happen in months, maybe it's the methane gas that is holding them up, or the major's job of wanting to take over the LAUSD. Who knows.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

I recall them saying they wouldn't really be ready to build until some time in 2007, and the hotel wouldn't even come downuntil late 2006. That'w why it was so heartbreaking to see them start to tear her apart when they did - I thought I would have a little more time to make a few more visits. But I think as soon as they cleared that last legal hurdle, I think they figured they'd better get the thing down before anyone else could try to stop them. If you ask me, it will not only take forever to get a school built there, but I won't be surprised at all if something comes up and they abandon the whole thing. they could still get a lot of money for that piece of land, now that they've saved someone the trouble of having to clear it off.

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's June 26th, and the bulldozers are back at work on the Ambassador property. They started on Saturday, and they're back again today. So far, they're just digging holes and making piles of dirt. But this is the first activity I've seen out there in a couple months.

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