IT SURE SOUNDED like a great idea at the time. And it still might happen, but the plans for a new jazz club at an old railroad depot in downtown Marquette have been put on hold.
Attorney, trumpeter, and jazz aficionado Karl Numinen bought the building a year ago and announced plans to open a jazz club that would also serve as an events center and a recording studio.
It was set to open last summer. Big excitement.
But then problems, as they are wont to do in projects like this, cropped up. His partner in the project dropped out. And a property line mix-up with the city surfaced. It took a while to resolve.
And Numinen, running a busy law practice in town, began having second thoughts about the whole project.
He hasn’t discarded it altogether, but he’s now considering another so far undisclosed commercial option for the building (not a coffee shop!!!), along with the possibility of converting it into a residence.
In the meantime, he’s moving ahead with improvements to the building–namely, heating, electricity, and water.
No matter what Numinen ultimately decides to do with the building, it’ll be a vast improvement over its current state–a long abandoned building next to the bike path downtown.
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