Whim nightclub forced to close so building can be demolished for parking
The owners of Whim nightclub have the weekend to clear out their property before Station Square managers begin leveling the East Warehouse building for parking space on Tuesday, Forest City Enterprises spokesman Jeff Linton said.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Senior Judge Joseph James ruled on Thursday that property owner Forest City Enterprises followed proper procedure in terminating its lease with Whim, the building's last remaining tenant.
Records show the two parties amicably amended their lease on July 26, 2012, giving the landlord an option to terminate the contract in the event of redevelopment, pending city approval and 120 days written notice.
In his order, Judge James said the city zoning board's approval in February to shift the East Warehouse property from a nightclub to parking space constituted a redevelopment plan. Forest City gave Whim owners adequate notice, he said.
Attorneys for Whim could not be reached for comment.
Linton said Forest City hopes to start demolition next week so 316 new parking spaces will be in place by Sept. 1, as required in a previous agreement with its lender.
The company expects to build new apartments or condominiums on other parts of the property, Linton said, though no developer has been announced. The property has about 1,130 parking spaces already, he said.
“Station Square has nightlife, a hotel and soon, residential property,” Linton said. “This development will round out the whole package.”
Megan Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at 412-388-5815 or email@example.com.
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