Punk and metal venue Station 4 has been closed since last June, and now the whole building at 201 4th St. in St. Paul's Lowertown district is up for sale. Gimme Noise is no real estate blog, but a listing like this couldn't help but pique our interest.
Compared to last year's Medusa offering, this building has more amenities, and is right next to the new LRT line opening later this year -- hence a $1.2 million price tag. So it appears that the two-venue renovation plan proposed last year is no longer in the works.
Over the past several decades, the Station 4 space was also called the Lab and Ryan's, and inspired a small but passionate following for its shows featuring loud rock and underground metal and punk.
Alan Peterson, a partner in the group that owns the building, had detailed a bar and grill and beer bar format renovation for the space last year. All told, the new facade, heating, air conditioning, and interior changes would be a reported $2 million project. "Well, there's not much to save, I don't think," Peterson told Gimme Noise. "There's not signature stuff in there. The space wasn't something hip, it wasn't an attractive space."
Recently, the building hit the real estate market instead. Here's a note from the Station 4 Facebook page:
Well, there you go people. The building Station 4 was in is officially up for sale. I knew the so called "upgrade" that was released as an article was a load of crap.
I guess this is the finality we were looking for.
I am sure we all had a spark of hope something would work out...
On behalf of everyone who was a part of Station 4 / The Lab / Ryan's - thanks for the memories.
Maybe now I won't have to answer "what's going on with Station 4" questions every time i go out !
Peace out, y'all.
Attempts to contact Alan Peterson were not immediately returned.
The property is listed at Barker Hedges with an asking price of $1.2 million. The description:
Three Story Building on LRT. Great Site for redevelopment. Near the proposed saints stadium. Main floor was a former night club. 2nd and 3rd floors are currently music studios and 3 live in units. Building has a freight elevator.
"Former night club," indeed. Just last week, some metal still echoed from the bowels of the building, as you can see/hear below.
RIP, Station 4. Long live Station 4!
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