Activists try to stop redevelopment of ‘historic’ business over owners’ objections. Again

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The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is suing to prevent Amoeba Music’s Hollywood location from becoming a 200-unit apartment building.

By Christian Britschgi | Reason

NIMBYs are suing to stop the redevelopment of a historic business over the objections of the business’s owners. Again.

In July, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) sued Los Angeles over its approval of a plan to redevelop Amoeba Music’s Hollywood location into a 26-story, 200-unit apartment building.

Since the record store chain opened its Hollywood location in 2001, the store has become famous for its distinctive neon signs and murals and for hosting famous musicians like Paul McCartney. These features, the AHF argues, make the Amoeba Music building a significant historic resource that the city cannot lawfully allow to be demolished without further environmental study.

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