Cleveland's Goth Community to Cry More Than Usual With Selling of Phantasy Nightclub in Lakewood


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After nearly three years on the market, the Phantasy Cleveland (which includes The Chamber nightclub) has been purchased by an unidentified buyer as first reported on Friday. A real estate source told NEOtrans's Ken Prendergast that the buyer will likely be ending the property's run as a performing arts venue and will remove its three bars in place of residential, offices and additional parking.

This move brings more developmental activity to Detroit Avenue's east end, joining the new 83 luxury townhouses in the Rockport Square development, and the future high-end townhomes coming by the end of 2018 on Fry Avenue, just north of Detroit, called the Mews At Rockport.

North Coast College (previously known as Virginia Marti College) had previously shown interest in purchasing the Phantasy Cleveland property, but the owner was unwilling to go lower on asking price. Instead, the college acquired the old Vedda Printing building just down the street.

Derf Backderf, author of the graphic-novel turned feature film My Friend Dahmer was one of many who took to Facebook to express sadness over the 40-year-old Phantasy Cleveland's recent selling.

No word yet on what will be the fate of the pirate ship-turned sound booth in the Phantasy (someone please give it to the Rock Hall), or when the site will officially close to make way for the new construction.

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