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Capitol Record's Neighbors One Step Closer to Making Noise

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Capitol Records was hoping the plan for a 16-story condo building next door to their iconic Hollywood & Vine tower would not go through. They're worried that construction of an underground 242-space parking lot and vibrations from traffic will cause damage. It "will interfere with and potentially ruin the operation of the unique echo chambers and sound studios at the Capitol Records tower next door," the record company said in a statement.

On Tuesday at a City Council committee meeting, the plan was passed, but with some stipulations:

  • Pile drivers cannot be used in the construction
  • Excavation or ground-level construction cannot happen within 40 feet of Capitol's property line after 10 a.m. on recording days at the studio.
  • "A thick neoprene foam liner" will surround the new building underground.

In total there were 28 mitigation measures proposed and passed by the committee. On Tuesday, July 8, it will go to the full City Council for a vote.
Capitol Records declined to comment on the situation in a follow-up phone call to their representatives.

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