WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) \- Demolition will begin this month on the now closed Studio 28.
The theater was once billed as the largest in the world. It's owned by Loeks Theater Inc. Emily Loeks confirms the demolition will happen but says it is weather dependent.
Studio 28, located at 1350 28th Street, was once the company's showplace theater. It closed six years ago when it became too costly to operate. It's located on 20 acres.
City officials say demolishing the building opens up new possibilities for the area. It includes a development called 28 West. Supporters of the project say they want to create a downtown feel in the area with shops, apartments and other development.
Wyoming City Councilman Dan Burrill says it's an exciting time. "I'm seeing it as a gain," he says.
From my understanding that building is in great disrepair."
Burrill admits Studio 28 holds a place close in the hearts of many people in West Michigan. "I spent lots of time growing up there. I was just reminiscing the other day."
Councilman Bill VerHulst agrees. "I think developers will be more interested in it, " VerHulst says. "Anytime you have a vacant building it causes concern. It's sad but am glad its being reopened for development.
On the WZZM 13 Facebook many of our friends hoped to see an Ikea furniture store or Trader Joe's move into the location. No specific developer has expressed interest in the land.