An online petition to save The Double Door Inn, a Charlotte music venue since 1973, has gained dozens of supporters, but its sale to Central Piedmont Community College is still slated to go forward.
The Change.org petition launched by Charlotte resident Andrew Taylor had nearly 300 supporters as of Wednesday afternoon, after it went online on Tuesday.
“The purpose of this petition is to inform CPCC that this old dive bar is significant and should be saved and preserved for generations of Charlotte musicians and music lovers,” Taylor wrote on the page.
The venue is slated to be torn down after Central Piedmont Community College entered into a purchase agreeement with owner Nick Karres this March. The purchase is expected to go through by January 2017.
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CPCC is looking to expand its campus by having a new building in the space occupied by the Double Door Inn, spokesperson Jeff Lowrance said.
The last day for the club will probably be January 2, 2017, Karres said, adding he currently has no plans to reopen it elsewhere.
Famous artists, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dave Alvin and Buddy Guy have played at the club, according to their website. The venue has played host to artists from a variety of genres including bluegrass, soul, fusion and jazz.
Petition commenters lamented the loss of the venue.
“The Double Door is a local and national institution. It should be preserved as one of the few locations of real character in the area,” commented Matthew Federico.
“This is an iconic music venue. Too much history to sweep under the carpet and destroy,” wrote Kelly Armstrong. “Tired of watching Charlotte erase its cultural history. So bland,” added Nicole Brainard.
Some supporters proposed ways in which the Double Door could be used by CPCC without tearing it down.
“As a native of Charlotte, the Double Door is a music icon. CPCC can remodel it and use it in its music programs,” wrote David Segrest.
Karres said the growth of entertainment areas like NoDa, Montford Drive and Plaza Midwood impacted his business over the years.
“I wasn’t in that kind of area and so I was at a disadvantage,” Karres said this week. The revenue from the club was “inconsistent” with ups and downs, he said.
Double Door created many relationships over the years, he said.
“I’m 67 and I’ve been running Double Door for 43 years,” said Karres. “There’s going to be a big void for me and many other people.”