Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ricola -- Take Me Away!!!!

From today's L.A. Times:


By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 23, 2008

No! No-o-o-o! No-o-o-o-o-o! That plea from Hollywood is reverberating through Los Angeles City Hall as officials try to decide whether a 16-story tower should be built next to the landmark Capitol Records building.

A Marina del Rey developer hopes to construct 93 condominiums, 13,442 square feet of commercial and office space and a 242-space underground parking lot next to the landmark, 13-floor, record-shaped building.

But Capitol executives are trying to stop the multimillion-dollar project because of fears that pile-driving and excavation for the three-level underground garage will damage one-of-a-kind, below-ground echo chambers that are used for high-end recordings...

You can read the rest here. My favorite bit, though, is this aside:

EMI's appeal of the project is one of two that have been filed. A separate objection has been lodged by Hollywood resident Jim McQuiston, who has lived for 48 years across the street from the tower site. He objects to it on seismic grounds.

"It would affect me when it falls over on me," McQuiston, a Caltech-trained engineer, said Tuesday. In papers filed with the city, he asserted that "the so-called Yucca strand of the Hollywood Fault poses an extreme hazard" to the condominium tower.

EARTHQUAKE 2008! In Sensurround!!!!

[h/t GWPDA, yclept Irate Historian]


dave™© said...

Someone still uses an honest-to-God analog echo chamber?

Does Phil Spector live down there???

steve simels said...

I was kind of amazed about that myself.

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