Michigan City’s former Moose Lodge ready for redevelopment
A former Moose Lodge in downtown Michigan City may soon have new life. Our partners at The Northwest Indiana Era point out that the building is slated for redevelopment as a new South Shore line station is built across the street as part of the railway line’s double track project.
In 2020, the Loyal Order of the Moose sold the building, which had served as Moose Lodge for more than 80 years, according to the publication. New owner Todd Davis plans to invest up to $40,000 to renovate the facility to become a public entertainment space.
“We’re looking to land a distillery or brewery for the whole space,” said Michael Conner, a realtor representing Davis. The temperature. “We have a lot of interest in event space using the bowling alley for private parties. The concept is to use the very functional retro feel of the building allowing someone to enter with minimal investment.
The 19,000 square foot building was built in 1938 and Conner calls the facility one of Michigan City’s best kept secrets.
“I love the retro vibe of the space and the fact that the Moose has kept everything the way it was 50 years ago. It has that perfect vintage vibe, which seems to be what some types of venues demand now “, he said. “The fact that it is a private club is what has made this space an undiscovered gem.
Conner said the goal is to preserve the building’s history while updating the exterior.