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​Amoeba Music could be forced to relocate as new development plans surface

"Amoeba is defined by who we are not where we are"

  • Harrison Williams
  • 9 August 2017

The iconic record store Amoeba Music could be forced to relocate from its Hollywood home as new building development plans suggest that the shop would be demolished to make way for a 28-story building.

Submitted by developer GPI Properties, the planning documents outline the construction of a 28-story tower with a glassy exterior. The newly proposed building would include 232 residential units and 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level.

Clearly Amoeba Music would have to be demolished before construction begins, which has many loyal customers worried about the company’s future. This prompted Amoeba Music to make a statement to assure the public they’re ready for whatever happens.

“We are in discussions to remain at 6400 Sunset beyond our current lease, but we are also exploring our various options and have already been offered several spaces that could suit us well. We will choose what is best at the appropriate time. Amoeba loves LA, we are committed to LA, and we have every intention of remaining in LA.”

News first broke of the suspected demolition of Amoeba Music last year when an architectural illustration firm called Shimahara revealed a rendering of the proposed building. The plot of land on Sunset Blvd. was purchased by GPI Companies for $34 million back in October of 2015 and the company is apparently now looking to cash in.

According to the building proposal, which would still need to be approved by the city before beginning the construction process, demolition would take place in mid-2019 in order to complete the building in 2021.

View the rendering of the proposed building below.

[Above photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / LA Times]

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