A New Concert Venue Opening in Downtown Albany?
Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli – who currently own Pearl Street Pub and the Barrel Saloon, both in downtown Albany – are hoping to open an 800-to-900 capacity concert hall in Albany.
Here’s the low-down from Steve Barnes at The Times Union’s Table Hopping blog:
“Pratt and partners have signed a letter of intent to open an 800- to 900-person music venue in Albany’s warehouse district. The empty warehouse at 28 Thatcher St., essentially across Broadway from The Barrel Saloon [which they also own], is approximately 9,500 square feet, according to a listing on the agenda for a [Wednesday] March 13 hearing of the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals, which would need to grant a variance in order for the venue to open. Pratt tells me he hopes to showcase rock, alt-rock and country bands and perhaps comedy. He compares the model to Upstate Concert Hall (formerly Northern Lights) in Clifton Park, Club Helsinki in Hudson and the former Saratoga Winners in Latham. Because the venue would be open only for shows, starting 90 minutes before curtain time and closing an hour afterward, Pratt says it would complement, not compete with, bars and restaurants in the warehouse district. Similarly, he believes a music venue would not receive the vociferous neighborhood opposition that arose when the nightclub Sneaky Pete’s proposed relocating to the warehouse district and resulted in the city blocking the move in fall 2011.”
Here’s the item listing on the agenda for the Albany Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, March 13:
CITY OF ALBANY
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
City Hall, 2nd Floor
Common Council Chambers
(unless otherwise announced on the City’s website)
8. Case # 3-13, 4086
The case of 28 Thatcher, LLC regarding the premises located at 28 Thacher Street AKA 927 Broadway requesting a Use Variance pursuant to §375-26 and §375-75A of the City of Albany Zoning Ordinance to allow for the establishment of a concert hall (auditoria) / tavern in a +/- 9,500 square foot commercial warehouse space. The proposed concert hall (auditoria) / tavern is not a permitted use in the C-M Light Industrial zoning district.