Surely, you recall back in April when we passed along news that the old Club Envy space could be re-opened at some point as 2826 (which, yes, as olds will recall, was the original name of the venue in that space).
Well, as Robert alluded to earlier today on Unfair Park, that "some point" could come in the next few weeks. On Thursday, among other items on the agenda, the City Plan Commission will discuss whether it will recommend the space for a specific use permit. As you'll recall from earlier this summer when Trees went through the same process, this is just the first step in the process; if recommended by the Plan Commission, the permit will then be passed along to the City Council for approval. Assuming Thursday's meeting goes well for Frank Maldonado, the man looking to re-open the space as a "live media" room, and assuming he gets a few other ducks in a row, Maldonado says the City Council could be discussing the fate of 2826 on Thursday, September 10.
And though he's understandably a little worried about what the Plan Commission will do with his permit application, Maldonado says he's heard nothing but positive things from the city thus far.
"We've heard a lot of great things," Maldonado says. "As far as the Plan Commission is concerned, it's looking good."
And, echoing sentiments Trees owner Clint Barlow offered while his club went through the same process, Maldonado says "the city's actually been very, very helpful. I definitely feel like the city has made a huge commitment to getting business back down there."
For the time being, Maldonado and his cohorts have been doing what they can to spruce the room up--namely, painting the walls ("There are mural of Bob Dylan and Dave Matthews on the wall, to give you an idea of the kind of vibe in there," he says) and building a stage ("It's probably going to be the largest stage in Deep Ellum")--without owning the building permit and certificate of occupancy that he'll be able to apply for if the Plan Commission recommends his SUP application for approval.
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The plan, again, is to run the space as something of a "media venue," where, Maldonado says, a band can play on stage and, for instance "wave on camera to their friend in Austin" who couldn't make the show.
"We're really looking forward to, seven days a week, pushing that kind of culture down there," he says.
And, if all goes to plan, Maldonado says he expects 2826 to be up and running by the end of September.
On Thursday, we'll find out if he'll be closer to making that idea a reality.