The Chamber & Development Council (CDC) of Crawford County said in a release that Denison’s longtime cultural entertainment venue Latino Night Club has been in limbo since the State Fire Marshall last year ordered the closure of the club, located on South 14th Street (formerly the Topko Drug building).
The CDC said it worked with officials to try to rectify issues with the space, from electrical concerns to a lack of appropriate emergency exits for the business’s high occupancy.
The building was purchased in 2010 by the CDC. The organization renovated the building in order to attract new tenants including Schweser’s department store.
After months of consultations with City of Denison officials and professional engineers, the project to improve the facility for the Latino Night Club proved infeasible, a release from the CDC stated.
The CDC is working to find a more fitting home for the Latino Night Club in Denison.
Evan Blakley, executive director of the CDC, said that while the location would not be a good fit for a high occupancy business like a nightclub, local officials have stated the space could be used for certain business, retail or storage applications.
The location has nearly 10,000 square feet available and the CDC said it may finance renovations to suit an incoming business, depending on circumstances.