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Help save the Capitol Records recording studios!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/09/08 6:35 am] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Recently, we learned that the historical Capitol Records Tower and Studios, the Hollywood home of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, are threatened by the new construction of a neighboring 16-story building and parking garage. Tests have indicated that the construction would have a detrimental sonic impact on both Capitol's underground echo chambers and on the historic studios themselves and might even force the closure of Capitol Studios.

Now, thanks to the vocal support of many in the recording community, EMI/Capitol and the building's developer have agreed to mitigation efforts on the construction and operation of the parking garage.

However, help is still needed from Beatles fans, Beach Boys fans and members of the music and recording industries. If you are in the Los Angeles area, you can help save the Capitol Studios by attending a Planning Council meeting next Tuesday, June 17.

Capitol needs your help to bring music community presence to the appeal by Capitol Records/EMI against a recent permit grant that will allow construction of a 16-story building and adjacent underground parking lot within feet of the Capitol Tower and Capitol Studios.

According to an EMI spokesperson, "People who are concerned about the development are encouraged by Capitol/EMI to show up at the Planning Committee meeting as the Committee members will have to ratify the restrictions and may impose further requirements on the developer. In addition, compliance with the mitigation agreement will depend on both the commitment of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) to the agreement and the community's demand that its concerns be taken seriously."

Please show your support by attending the LA City Council's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee meeting, which is being held on Tuesday, June 17 at 2 p.m., at the Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Hearing Room 350.

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