Renovation work continues on the building to house a live music club at the corner of Florida and Third streets. Owner Walter Chambers hopes to open the business by the end of the year, says his father, Todd Chambers, a developer on the project. Plans are to have a three-level club, with a rooftop deck, an upstairs and a downstairs. The club, which doesn’t yet have a name, will open in stages, with the roof and upstairs opening first. The bottom floor will be blocked off, so visitors to the club won’t be aware of the construction going on, Todd Chambers says. The downtown building has been the home of several clubs, including The Shelter, Richoux’s, Parrot Beach and Dante’s.
Walter Chambers leased the property in July 2006, but he waited for more downtown development to happen before starting work there in earnest in 2009. Todd Chambers says there were a number of problems with the building. “It’s pretty old,” he says. “You look at something and you find something else that needs to be repaired.” The club’s roof has been replaced. One of the biggest obstacles was a root that blocked one of the drains coming off the roof: It was causing the building not to drain properly so that water was backing up in pipes. One good thing about the problem, Todd Chambers says, is that it allowed them to discover which pipes were leaking. “It’s refreshing to walk in the building on a rainy day and not have water dripping,” he says. —Timothy Boone