After over 23 years of business, the IOTA Club and Cafe in Clarendon, Virginia, will close on September 30, as reported by ARLnow. The building owner plans on revamping the club and its adjacent retailers, which include the former A&R Engravers storefront and the Baja Fresh restaurant.
The plans are to partially demolish the building and preserve and restore the facade. For the adjacent office building, the renovation will add a fourth floor and 26,784 square feet of additional space. The first two floors of the office building will also be redesigned for office or retail use.
New storefronts will be added to the ground floor. A basement for public self-storage may eventually be constructed. Other plans reported by ARLnow include new private outdoor roof terraces and the installation of a “partial green roof.”
In response to these plans, fans of IOTA Club and Cafe launched a campaign on February 2017 to save the venue. At the time, Eric Davidson, communication manager for Regency Centers, the owner of the building, told ARLnow, “We’ve been aware of IOTA’s importance to the community since before we bought the property. There’s no reason [to run the campaign.] If they want to show up and show their support for IOTA, that’s great, but we don’t plan on closing it.”
While IOTA Club and Cafe owners Jane Negrey Inge and Stephen V. Negrey said in a statement that Regency Centers tried to make accommodations, Inge and Negrey decided to close the club rather than temporarily relocate and pay higher rents upon moving back.
In a statement, Inge and Negrey said, “The support of hundreds of SAVE IOTA participants has been amazing. Jane and Stephen have not wanted to let these IOTA fans down and hope they will watch the website and social media for upcoming events and other ways Jane and Stephen hope to support LIVE MUSIC in the future and continue to participate in art activity.”
• BREAKING: IOTA Club Closing This Month [ARLnow]
• Campaign to ‘Save IOTA’ Underway [ARLnow]
• Clarendon’s IOTA Club building may be demolished [Curbed DC]