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Here Are The Details On That Proposed 28-Story Tower That Would Replace Amoeba In Hollywood

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On left, rendering of possible tower at 6400 Sunset Boulevard; Amoeba Records on right (Courtesy of GPI Companies and Shimahara Illustrations)
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Almost a year after renderings of the giant tower that could potentially replace Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard first leaked, the L.A. Department of City Planning has released an initial study on the proposed 28-story mixed-use building, which is being helmed by GPI Companies and designed by Johnson Fain. Amoeba still has its lease for "a few more years," according to co-owner Jim Henderson, and after their lease is up the iconic record store plans to remain in L.A. even if they are no longer in the same location.

The study, as first picked up by Urbanize, includes all sorts of information on the proposed project, which would be located at 6400 Sunset Boulevard. If approved by the city, project construction would begin in mid-2019 and take approximately 24 months, with an estimated completion date slated for 2021.

According to the study, the project would "demolish the existing two- to three-story Amoeba Music building and subterranean parking on the Northern Lot to develop a 28-story mixed-use building with two subterranean parking levels." The massive mixed-user would have 232 residential units, with 10 units reserved for very low income households. There would be a proposed 132 studio units, 22 one-bedroom units, and 78 two-bedroom units. The project would also have 32,117 square feet of open space, and 7,000 square feet of commercial uses.

There would also be a gaggle of proposed resident amenities on the sixth floor "podium deck," including "a swimming pool and spa; barbeque and dining areas; seating areas and fire pit; fitness rooms and deck; an indoor kitchen; several indoor dining and lounge areas; a meeting room; a dog grooming room; a dog run; and a garden," according to the study.

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The 25th and 27th floors would also have upper-level outdoor rooftop decks.

"Rest assured, we are NOT closing, but we are now in a position where we may have to change locations in the coming years. By no means does this mean that Amoeba is leaving L.A.," Henderson, Amoeba's co-owner, told LAist in an email last week. "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 L.A., we are committed to L.A., and we have every intention of remaining in L.A."

"Amoeba is defined by WHO we are not WHERE we are," he continued.

Here are a few screenshots from the study: