Forest City Enterprises padlocked the doors of Whim nightclub on Thursday.
By Mark Belko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The end may be near for the Whim nightclub in Station Square.
Forest City Enterprises, the Station Square owner, padlocked the doors of the club Thursday after Common Pleas Judge Joseph James ruled that it had followed proper procedure in terminating Whim’s lease in the East Warehouse.
The decision appears to clear the way for Forest City to demolish the warehouse to create 316 parking spaces. The developer planned to start Tuesday, and spokesman Jeff Linton said that is still the case.
In his order, Judge James said the variance Forest City received from the city’s zoning board of adjustment earlier this year to change the use of the property to commercial parking amounted to the approval of a redevelopment plan. He also ruled that the written notice given to Whim terminating the lease was valid.
Whim had argued in its own lawsuit that the lease termination was improper because Forest City had not gotten approval from the city’s planning commission for its redevelopment plans.
Attorneys for Whim could not be reached for comment.
Forest City wants to start the demolition next week so the new parking will be ready by Sept. 1, as required under the Cleveland developer’s agreement with its lender.
The new lot would complement about 1,130 existing spaces on the east side of Station Square. Forest City expects to need the new spaces when it moves forward with plans to develop apartments or condominiums on other parts of the property. It currently is seeking a partner for such a development.
Whim is the lone tenant left in the East Warehouse, which for decades served as one of the city’s top night spots.
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