LANSING, Michigan – The building at 224 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing could soon become a live performance venue.
RBM Properties, LLC is proposing a $355,500 renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building that was once Club Paradise, Club X-cel and most recently the Blue Knight Hookah Lounge.
Kevin Meyer, one of the organizers behind the city’s Common Ground Festival, is listed on city records as an executive director of RBM Properties.
He confirmed to FOX 47 News over the phone that Lansing Economic Development had approved a $136,500 loan for the project, but declined to discuss the details.
Instead, Jenna Meyer, Kevin Meyer’s daughter and collaborator at MiEntertainment Group, sent a statement that read, “We are still in the early stages of the renovation but look forward to sharing more about the future of 224 Washington Square in the coming months to report.”
In the materials submitted with the loan application, the developers said the renovated building would become “one of the most popular and celebrated live performance venues in the Midwest” and that the performances would “encompass all genres of music, including pop, rock, classic rock, R & B , Hip Hop, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Latin, Jazz, Comedy and more.”
According to documents, after the renovation is complete, the building would accommodate up to 700 participants in a general admission environment, or about 250 people seated at tables.
The plan calls for hosting 100 or more events each year, the documents say, and the venue’s economic impact is estimated at $10 million a year.
“We intend to reclaim the fan (and his/her economic influence) who have traveled to Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Flint, Detroit and/or other communities to enjoy live entertainment by offering a premier venue in their Provide community,” the application said, “and provide a place for the next generations of fans and their memories.”
The venue would only be open for performances and would not operate as a nightclub. The plan would be to rent it out for weddings and other events.
The building is owned by 1247 Center Street LLC, a company affiliated with Tom Donall, former owner of Club Paradise, Club X-cel and Spiral. Materials submitted to the city state that the overall project will cost $927,000, of which $307,500 will be used to purchase the land and closing costs.
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