A concert promoter who previously worked with Granada Theater in Dallas is seeking to open a live music venue along Uptown 23rd.
Jerod Miller declined to comment on the project Tuesday other than to say his effort is “preliminary” and in early stages of planning. He has, however, applied to the City Planning Department to seek a change in zoning for three store fronts at 415, 417 and 421 NW 23 to allow for live music and alcohol sales.
The store fronts are located immediately east of the strip's historic Tower Theatre, and both Miller and the theater's owner, Marty Dillon, confirmed the event venue was previously looked at for that space.
Dillon has owned the Tower Theatre since 2006 and the redevelopment of that long-vacant property is considered key to a full revival of NW 23 between Broadway and Classen Boulevard.
Dillon, who owns parking to the south of his theater, said Tuesday he's worried that Miller's plan calls for no parking. The storefronts span 17,587 square feet, and neighbors report they've been told by Miller the project will include an art gallery and a venue for 200 to 300 people.
“I'm concerned about parking more than anything,” Dillon said. “They would only have three or four parking spaces in front. There is no other parking anywhere else to be had.”
Parking could get even tighter along Uptown 23rd if Dillon succeeds in moving forward with redevelopment of the Tower Theatre.
Dillon said after repeated delays in redeveloping the theater and adjoining storefronts to the west, he is ready to move forward and has secured financing. Dillon previously indicated he was uncertain how to proceed due to legal questions involving the sale of federal historic tax credits.
“We've met with our bankers,” Dillon said. “We're moving forward even with the tax credits on hold. We hope to have a lease to fund the deal.”
Jennifer Seals, chairwoman of the Uptown 23rd Association and co-owner of Grandad's Bar, said she would welcome a live music venue to the corridor.
“I think if they do a good job of making it a place people will want to go, people will go there and find a place to park,” Seals said.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that Jerod Miller was once the manager of the Granada Theater, which is untrue. Miller did however work as an assistant project manager for the theater and handled some of its accounting.