Score another one for Community Board NIMBY's. Chelsea Now reports that less than one month after the owners of Taj Lounge, Katra and Leopard Lounge presented a plan to Community Board 4 to re-open the famous Roxy, the would-be operators have pulled the plan rather than going to war with the neighbors. An 18th Street resident, Klemens Gasser, told Chelsea Now, “I’m sure they were very [financially] solid guys, but I think they just wanted not to have a fight with the neighborhood for years to come. I think it’s a very respectful decision, I’m really happy about it. I love the guys!”
The plan had called for the former disco and roller rink to be converted into a full service restaurant and catering hall on the ground floor with a 840 person nightclub in the basement. Now, the building will continue to sit vacant until someone out there finds a plan that is acceptable to a neighborhood which hasn't stopped fighting yesterday's battles. Because apparently, vacant is better than anything else.
· Neighbors Thwart Planned Roxy Relaunch [Chelsea Now]
· Presenting Another Plan To Revamp The Fabled Roxy [~ENY~]
· All Roxy Coverage [~ENY~]