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Kelly Presnell / The Tucson Star The Chicago Music Store building in the center will have new owners. The store will move to a smaller, smaller space.

By Gabriela Rico

The Tucson Star

The historic Chicago Music Store is selling its also historical building in downtown Tucson and will move a few steps, hoping to return to the building once it is renovated.

The sale of the building to local investors is expected to be completed by the end of February, said developer Marcel Dabdoub , who is buying the property along with business partner Ron Schwabe and other investors from Nogales, Sonora.

"It's a great building. We love its history, architectural style and location, "Dabdoub said. "We understand the historic and cultural value that the Tucson community gives this building and we will keep it in mind during the remodeling."

Possible plans for the building include offices on the second floor and a mix of points of sale on the ground floor, lobby and basement, Dabdoub said.

"The building is part of its legacy. We would like that to continue, "Dabdoub said. He added that the structure is in good condition and that the exterior will not be altered except for possible signs and entrances and exits.

"It is a singular building and we have to do it well," he said. "Unlike other commercial or administrative buildings, this one has its own personality."

The 1,900-square-foot building, at 130 E. Congress St., housed large speakers and consoles to mix for rent

"The mixing console has been replaced by an iPad," said Chicago CEO David Fregonese on why they would move to a smaller location . "We no longer need 2 square meters to set a horn."

The Chicago Music Store opened in 1918 and had three locations in the downtown area before moving to the Chicago Music Store. to the current space in 1967. Three years ago, a second Chicago Store was installed at 5646 E. Speedway.

The building was built in 1903 by the Los Angeles Furniture Store, according to the National Register of Historic Sites. JC Penney leased it from 1927 to 1957.

The Aaronson Brothers moved there and in 1967 was sold to the owners of the Chicago Music Store.

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The historic Chicago Music Store is selling its equally historic downtown building and moving steps away in the hopes of returning to the building. > The sale of the building to local investors is expected to be finalized at the end of February, said developer Marcel Dabdoub, who is buying the property along with partner Ron Schwabe and investors from Nogales, Sonora.

"It is a great building. We loved its history, its architectural style and its location, "Dabdoub said. "We understand the historic and cultural value that the Tucson community places on this building and we are going to be cognizant of that renovate."

Possible plans for the building include office space upstairs and a mix of retail on the first floor, mezzanine and basement, Dabdoub said.

"The building is part of their legacy. We would like to continue, "said Dabdoub.

Dabdoub said the building is structurally sound and the exterior will not be altered, expect possibly for signage and entrances and exits.

The 21,155 square-foot building, at 130 E. Congress, once housed massive speakers and mixing tables for rent.

"Chicago's CEO David Fregonese said of the reason for moving to smaller quarters. "We no longer need 20 square feet of floor space for speakers."

The smaller store will still be downtown, within walking distance of the existing store, he said.

Once the historic building is renovated, the Chicago Music Store could become a tenant in one of the retail spaces.

The Chicago Music Store opened in 1918 and had three locations in the downtown area before moving to the current space in 1967. A second Chicago Store, at 5646 E. Speedway, opened three years ago.

The building was constructed in 1903, according to the National Register of Historic Places, for the Los Angeles Furniture Store. JC Penney was the tenant from 1927 to 1957.

Aaronson Brothers moved in some time after that, then it was sold to the owners of the Chicago Music Store in 1967.

The architecture is Commercial Palatial Style, the work of Tucson architect David Holmes. Many of the original features have been preserved.