Developer Rob Snyder has purchased the former Fantasy Complex at 3201 S. Hillside and is considering putting an event center there.
“It was such a cool place,” he says. “There’s a lot of history in that place.”
Snyder says he wasn’t familiar with the longtime gay club during its 35 years. He says he then toured its six acres – which include a pool, a volleyball court and a couple of large buildings – and became interested.
Originally, Snyder says he considered an industrial use, but he says employees encouraged him to do an event center instead, explaining that it’s needed in the area.
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“That’s really where we’re at at this point,” he says.
Snyder has applied for an event license and likely will apply for a liquor license as well, though he says he doesn’t want to run a bar. He says he wants to have a “controlled type of clientele.”
He says he’s also thinking about having local musicians play a couple of times a month, but he hasn’t finalized anything yet.
Snyder says he has filled in the pool, though.
“I don’t want a pool,” he says. “I buried that.”
There are no more koi ponds, either, but Snyder says he’ll create a nice outdoor area along with doing indoor remodeling.
Though much remains to be decided, Snyder thinks he’s settled on a name.
“Actually, I think we’re going to call it the Place. Yeah, it’s the Place.”