Owner of diner discusses nightclub

She presents proposal to Remington residents

March 14, 2000|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

The owner of Papermoon Diner on West 29th Street presented her plans for a restaurant and nightclub called Inferno to a crowded meeting of the Remington Community Association last night.

Un Kim, 43, recently acquired a $200,000 parcel behind her 24-hour diner. Ramshackle garages are on the land, which also has an alley that leads to the 2800 block of Cresmont Ave.

Kim told about 50 members of the association, which met at the Greenmount School on West 30th Street, that she intends to clear the land to build a nightclub with live music, a potentially contentious point with neighbors, and a parking lot for the diner and club.

She and architects said the 5,500-square-foot building would be made of metal and masonry and have a geometric design.

Kim has hired the Baltimore office of Gensler as the architect.

Questions were first raised about the project about a month ago when word circulated through the North Baltimore community that Kim intended to call the nightclub Hell. Some of the language in the description of the project seemed to play along that theme: "But before you worry about getting burned, you hear the cooling sounds of jazz and R&B music."

But "cooling sounds" might not be music to the neighborhood's ears, even if the club's target clientele is "high-end" professionals in their 30s and 40s.

"We'll make sure you don't have a problem with noise," Kim assured the association. Slated to open in late October, Inferno will stay open until 2 a.m., she said.

"This is a million and a half [-dollar] project, not a corner bar," Kim responded when asked if Remington needed another establishment that sells liquor.

Even if the nightclub achieves its aim of having "the best live entertainment in the Baltimore/Washington area," residents expressed concerns about noise, parking and drunken patrons.

However, Hazel Helmick, association president, endorsed the project and said it could bolster the sagging neighborhood by creating an attraction for outsiders.

"This is what we need to pull Remington back up," Helmick said. "We have to take a chance."

A lifetime Remington resident, Bill Jones, was convinced.

"It's a terrific move," he said. "Let's not discourage investment."

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