An Americana at Brand representative said the mall’s owner, Caruso Affiliated, plans to appeal a court ruling that years of construction at the site forced a nearby recording studio to close.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Rico on Wednesday found that Caruso and the city of Glendale effectively condemned Backroom Entertainment during construction of the 15.5-acre shopping center from 2005 to 2008. The studio, used by several rap artists and singers, operated at 230 S. Orange St. in a building now surrounded on three sides by the Americana.
The city used its power of eminent domain to acquire much of the property that became the Americana.
At trial, Backroom Entertainment owners testified that in 2005, vibrations from dirt compactors made it impossible to record music, and that subsequent construction activities drove artists away. The business folded in 2008.