For those who live in Hollywood, Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard is just as iconic as the Hollywood Walk of Fame or the Dolby Theater, home of the Oscars, but its days may be numbered. A new report reveals that the owners of the landmark have sold the building to a real estate group, and there is even a rendering of what may replace the record store, a tower that will span more than 20 stories and even dwarf the CNN building and the Arclight Cinerama Dome on either side of it. Nothing is set, but the designs for this tower were recently discovered.
LAist uncovered the design in the online portfolio of architectural illustration firm Shimahara. The firm revealed that the plans were definitely for Amoeba Music's address, 6400 Sunset Boulevard, and that the designs were completed in April. The designs were commissioned by an architectural firm called Johnson Fain, but they wouldn't shed any light on the matter. The site dug into public records and discovered that a limited liability company (LLC) by the name of 6400 Sunset bought the 44,616 square-foot building for $34 million on October 28, 2015.
The site also discovered that in the month and a half before the sale, three LLC's were registered, one of which was 6400 Sunset, that are housed at the same Brentwood address as GPI's headquarters. Katie Bazjatt, an office manager at GPI, told LAist in an email that the company has not made a decision about what to do with the property quite yet. Take a look at her brief statement below.
"At this time, we have not yet made an application with the City and are not certain whether we will. We have no other information at this time."
LAist also tried contacting Amoeba Music manager Rick Sanchez, who then spoke with co-owner Jim Henderson, although neither of them had any information about future plans for the store. It was also discovered that the LLC which purchased the Ameoba building made a $700 donation towards the re-election of City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell in December 2015, whose district covers much of Hollywood, including the Amoeba site. Below is a statement from Tony Arranaga, Councilman O'Farrell's Communications Director about the iconic record store.
"Amoeba Records voluntarily decided to sell the property. The developer has come to our office with ideas, but nothing has been filed with the city. The Councilmember has expressed to the new owner the importance of world-class design for any possible redevelopment on this site. In addition to selling records, the current building which holds Amoeba Records is an entertainment hub and popular cultural destination. The Councilmember is disheartened about the sale, and would love for Amoeba to stay. Should Amoeba move from its current location, the Councilmember is committed to working with the store to identify another location that would allow them to remain in Hollywood."
GPI is best known for constructing massive malls such as The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles. Right across the street from Amoeba, the site of a Jack in the Box fast food restaurant, will be the site of a new 21-story hotel. Amoeba Music was founded in 1990 in Berkeley, California, before expanding to San Francisco in 1997 and its Hollywood location in 2001. The Hollywood location is even a playable venue in the hit video game Guitar Hero World Tour, and it is also where music legend Paul McCartney recorded his EP Amoeba's Secret, during a secret live performance in June 2007. Take a look at the illustration which may showcase the future for the Amoeba Music building.