ST. CHARLES – Progress continues to be made on remedying the outstanding code violations at the Arcada Theatre building.
The city is requiring that the building owner substantially remedy the violations before it can acquire the city-owned building next to the Arcada Theatre and redevelop it as a bar/lounge as part of a $1.5 million project. According to a Jan. 13 city memo, improvements in the Arcada building have been underway for some time and significant progress has been made.
"Completed improvements include the fire sprinkler and new HVAC system within the theater space," the memo stated. "Significant investment has been made by the developer to date."
The memo states most remaining code violations relate to electric work that is tied to the installation of equipment to be delivered on Jan. 31, and that these violations would be addressed within two weeks following the equipment installation. Frontier Development, through ownership entity STC Arcada, LLC, closed on the purchase of the Arcada building last May.
The Arcada building previously had been owned by Scott Price, who lives in the state of Washington. Frontier plans to redevelop the city-owned 107-109 E. Main St. building, formerly known as George’s Sports. The closing is set to take place on Jan. 31.
Onesti Entertainment Corporation leases space in the building at 105 E. Main St. in downtown St. Charles for the Arcada Theatre and Club Arcada. The historic building first opened its doors in 1926 and attracted performers such as George Burns and Gracie Allen.
Frontier Development has submitted plans showing a bar/lounge on the first floor of the building and theater back offices on the second floor. Ron Onesti, president and founder of Onesti Entertainment Corporation, would operate the bar/lounge.
Additional restrooms for the Arcada building also are part of the plans. Onesti has said that additional restrooms are needed to accommodate large crowds.
Part of the building’s second floor also would be used for VIP suites to serve performers and theater guests. In addition, Frontier plans to make site improvements at the rear of the building to improve grading and drainage, upgrade the utility services to George’s and the theater and turn the space into an outdoor patio area.
Frontier Development would pay the city a nominal price of $10 for the building.
The city bought the sports store in 2012 with the intent that it would complement the Arcada Theatre. The expansion project into the former George's Sports is expected to be done at the end of April.
Frontier Development also plans to put a cafe and soda fountain in the space that had housed Gordy’s Grill and Mart, which also is located in the Arcada building. Gordy’s recently closed its doors.