The folks who brought you The Continental Club, Sig’s Lagoon, Tacos-A-Go-Go and Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge are at it again. This time right next door @ 3600 Main.

The derelict building that sits next to The Continental club has been vacant for years and was recently acquired by the same folks that own the property @ 3700 Main and innovation is well under way. I was asked by Pete Gordon (manager of The Continental Club) if I could swing by and snap some “before” photos or what promises to be a very cool space in the not too distant future.

As they are working to demo the building they are finding that a very interesting art deco style facade was simply covered with stucco by the previous owners.

Pete tells me that the intention is to try and preserve as much of the original exterior as is possible which is very commendable.

If you squint just right and imagine it with some paint to bring out the original design you can just make out what a wonderful space this is going to be. There’s already plans for a coffee shop and a pizza/burger joint and if Pete has his way, a new club called “Wallpaper”…

In these interesting economic times it’s heartening to see the hustle and bustle of new development. As I was taking pictures numerous people stopped to see what was going on and one woman waiting on the train was misty-eyed as she spoke of her own personal joy at seeing something being done not only to restore this old building, but also of her optimism in seeing something that demonstrates growth in this city while the news outlets continue to issue their dire warning doom and despair.

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4 thoughts on “Urban Development

  • February 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    This is very interesting. Thanks for the info Jay!!

  • February 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Good news for two reasons. 1) I like the Continental Club and The Big Top. 2) Something’s being developed there, and it’s actually not a mid-rise condo building.

    Can we assume/hope this will be another live music venue?

  • February 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Fantastic news! Thanks for the scoop, Jay.

  • February 19, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I got all misty-eyed because some one is actually trying to PRESERVE an old building in midtown rather than throw up some slap dashed monstrosity that appeals to $30,000 millionaires.

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