LAUSD reneges on saving Cocoanut Grove

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The old Cocoanut Grove nightclub, spared the wrecking ball as part of a plan to use it as an auditorium for a school being built at the site of the historic Ambassador Hotel, appears doomed after all. In a blow to preservationists, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted 7-0 on Tuesday to tear down most of the nightclub because tests show it is too weak to withstand an earthquake. “Maybe it’s not the ending everyone would have hoped for, but it’s the ending that we’re at because of the poor structural condition. We had to change our plan,” construction consultant John Kuprenas said. The Los Angeles Conservancy said the school district broke its promise to the community. “In my mind, this issue is really probably more about accountability for LAUSD – that if you say you’re going to do something, you do it – than the nitty-gritty of what are the issues of preservation of the Cocoanut Grove,” conservancy Executive Director Linda Dishman said. Ten months ago, construction began on a large K-12 schools complex on the site of the hotel where Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. The 1,000-room hotel was razed over objections from conservationists, but planners promised that the Cocoanut Grove would stay and be an auditorium. Now, only the east wall, the circular entry and a portion of the glass west wall of the nightclub, as well as the coffee shop, will remain. Demolition of the other three-quarters of the club will begin next month.last_img read more