Warner Music Parent Buys Arts District Building for $195M

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Warner Music Group’s parent company is purchasing a former factory in the Arts District for $195 million, which will serve as the label’s new West Coast headquarters.

The Arts District has been a period of development. Companies like Spotify Technology, Honey and WeWorkCompanies Inc. have all recently signed leases in the area.

Warner Music, owned by New York-based Access Industries Inc., has been moving into the building in phases. Publishing arm Warner/Chappell moved in Feb. 25 and Warner Bros. Records moved in March 18. Prior to the move, Warner Music’s West Coast operation was based in Burbank.

Jonah Sonnenborn, head of real estate and managing director at Access Industries, said the group previously had multiple leases which “was an inefficient space plan where you were paying more than you needed to from a rent perspective.”

Access Industries received a $135 million loan from Bank of America Corp. for the roughly 271,000-square-foot former Ford factory, records show. Access Industries is buying the building, located at 777 S. Santa Fe Ave., from Shorenstein Properties. The building was designed by Rockwell Group Inc.

Both Access Industries and Shorenstein Properties were self-represented in the transaction.

Access Industries already owns properties in L.A., New York, Miami and elsewhere. Sonnenborn said “deciding to buy became an easy choice” because the group is a long-term investor and wanted to “take a leadership role in transforming the neighborhood.”