Mike and Damon
Mike Howe and Damon Ryan

That’s local builder and city councilman, Mike Howe, who along with three investors is in the early stages of redeveloping the former Strand Theatre into a multi-faceted indoor sports & activity complex.  Howe spoke with Seehafer News today about the estimated $1-million dollar project, which officially began two months ago inside the huge 3 story building.

Scaffolding in One of the Former Theaters

The Strand had the capacity to show 6 movies at one time until it closed 7-years ago.  While he’s renovating the interior, Howe is also respectful of the past.

Lobby with Iconic Walpaper

Howe envisions that while there will be activities for adults there are many options for kids as well.

Empty Theater
Future Site of Batting/Golfing Cages

Howe explained that his team is working with 3-financial institutions in what is a new TIF District in the downtown and near northside area.  He’s hopeful of having the renovation work completed by the end of this year in time for a Christmas opening.

Mike and Damon Look at Theater
Mike and Damon Overlooking the Future Batting Cage Area

If area residents would like more information about what’s initially known as Strand Adventures, they can contact him by either going to his personal Facebook page by clicking here, or Mike Howe Builders, by clicking here. He can also be reached by email at: mhowebuilders@yahoo.com.