Studdard has vision for 205 Club
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Having Studdard's and Hicks' involvement gives the entertainment district the drawing power it needs to be successful, said Jack Fields, BJCC executive director.
"They give us a powerful one-two punch," Fields said.
At the BJCC board meeting two weeks ago, Mike Douglas, Hicks' Birmingham attorney, said Hicks is interested in opening a music-themed venue in the district where local musicians can "showcase their talents."
Efforts to reach Douglas on Monday were unsuccessful.
Elkington said Performa expects to have its nightclub venues lined up by next week. Then the firm will begin focusing on restaurants and retail tenants.
"Our intentions are to have enough tenants signed by late September to break ground this fall," he said.
Economic developers have touted the district as a recruiting tool for conventions and businesses. Plans call for two hotels and dozens of restaurants, nightclubs and retail shops that are expected to begin opening as early as summer 2009.
Studdard said he is still working on the details of his nightclub but is excited about being able to give back to the hometown that supported him on "Idol."
"Music is my life. I live and breathe it every day," he said. "I look forward to being able to help others live their dreams, too."