The record shop has issued a statement following a recently submitted planning application for its 6400 Sunset Boulevard premises.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday, August 8th, the record shop, located at 6400 Sunset Boulevard since opening in 2001, suggested it was considering alternate premises within the city limits. It's also exploring the possibility of staying in the Hollywood building beyond the end of its current lease, which, last September, the shop said had "several years" left to run.
"Rest assured, we are NOT closing," Amoeba Records said. "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 LA. 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."
The statement follows the publication, on August 7th, of an 86-page planning document submitted to the Los Angeles Department Of City Planning. The plans for the 6400 Sunset Boulevard site—sold for $34 million by Amoeba Records to property developer GPI Companies in October 2015—include a "28-storey mixed-use building" with 232 residential units (including ten set aside for "very low-income households") and 7000 square feet reserved for commercial use.
In September last year, an illustration surfaced of a high-rise development meant to replace Amoeba Records at 6400 Sunset Boulevard, prompting a short statement from the shop on Instagram saying that they were "committed to staying in Hollywood." Amoeba Records opened the first of its three stores in Berkeley, California in 1990. It opened its premises in San Francisco seven years later.
Here's the statement from Amoeba Records in full.