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New plans in motion to demolish, redevelop Hollywood’s Amoeba Records

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Developers want to start building a new tower on the site in 2019

In just a few years, the Ameoba Music store on Sunset Boulevard might be nothing more than a memory.

New planning documents released today describe in more detail what developer GPI Properties plans to build on the site: a glassy, 28-story tower with 232 residential units and 7,000 square feet of commercial space along the ground level. Ten of the units will be for very low-income tenants.

Amoeba would be demolished to make way for the new tower.

About a year ago, LAist published a story with a rendering of the tower, designed by Johnson Fain, fueling rumors that the store’s days were numbered. That rendering isn’t included in this new filing, but some very barebones drawings from Johnson Fain are.

In response to the LAist story, Amoeba Tweeted that they planned to stay for the duration of their lease, which was “several years” long. They also said they planned to find a new storefront in Hollywood.

The new documents suggest that it could all move pretty fast.

The developer’s plan is for the project is to begin with demolition in mid-2019 and to complete the building in 2021. (The proposed building will need city approval first.) A brochure posted to Loopnet also appears to be advertising the entire Amoeba space for lease.

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The tower would feature walls of floor-to-ceiling glass along the street and a mix steel, glass, and concrete elements. Residential amenities like a pool and spa, and a dog grooming room would be on a sixth-floor deck. Parking would be held in two underground levels, with spaces for 372 cars and 272 bikes.

The Amoeba property is directly across the street from the Jack in the Box slated to make way for a 21-story, Art Deco-inspired hotel.