No landmark status for LA’s Tower Records building

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) – LA music fans are singing the blues after the West Hollywood City Council voted to deny landmark status for the Sunset Strip building that formerly housed the flagship Tower Records store.

KNX Radio reports the unanimous vote Monday let a decision by the historic preservation commission stand, not allowing the building to be deemed a cultural resource.

An online petition gathered 1,800 signatures calling on the city’s urban planner Stephanie Reich to consider appealing the commission’s decision.

Mayor Abbe Land said that even though many people had fond memories of Tower, once one of the largest retail record chains, “it didn’t meet the criteria” for preservation.

The mayor said the city will consider other ways to commemorate the store, which was a Sunset Strip fixture for about 40 years.

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