Could beloved vinyl shop and Hollywood institution Amoeba Music fall victim to the development boom currently taking Hollywood by storm?
Nothing has been announced on that front and no plans have been filed with the city, but property records indicate the building that houses the store was sold in October of last year. Now, LAist reports that architectural illustration firm Shimahara has posted a rendering on its website that shows a tall, glassy tower standing in place of the music store at 6400 Sunset Boulevard (though that particular rendering appears to have been taken down).
Currently the building appears to be owned by Brentwood-based developer GPI Properties. An office manager for the firm tells LAist they have no concrete plans for the property right now. Amoeba co-owner Jim Henderson also had no information to give about the store’s future.
Still, a statement to LAist from Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office was oddly morose considering what little information appears to be available about the project at this point. O'Farrell, who reps the area, pointed out that the store’s owners made the decision to sell on their own and the statement noted that he was, "disheartened about the sale, and would love for Amoeba to stay."
We can only speculate at this point, but a statement that includes the word "disheartened" doesn’t make us feel too optimistic about the store’s chances to remain at its location on Sunset and Vine. O’Farrell also indicated that he’s willing to work with the store to find a new home in the Hollywood area.
Amoeba’s Sunset Boulevard location opened in 2001 and quickly grew into one of the city’s most popular hangouts for music lovers. Founded in 1990, the company also has stores in San Francisco and Berkeley—its original location.
Based on the rendering alone, it's unclear whether the tower would hold apartments or condos or offices or a hotel or commercial space or some combination, but the area around the store has seen a massive explosion in hotel development lately. In fact, a 21-story Art Deco-ish hotel tower is going up right across the street, replacing a Jack in the Box.
Update: Amoeba took to Instagram Monday night to reassure patrons they'll be sticking around for the immediate future. According to the post, they have several years left on their lease and are committed to remaining in Hollywood after it runs out.