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Hangar 9 Nearing Completion

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The Daily Egyptian had a great article last week on the nearly rebuilt Hangar 9. I walked past the new building a few days ago and it looks like the exterior is coming together.  I couldn’t see inside but I did notice the floor for the upstairs mezzanine was in place before the front wall was finished. The D.E. article said Hangar’s goal is to be open before the end of November.

I’m really glad Hangar is coming back. The old pole barn was ugly on the outside, but it was a good size to see a live show and a lot of good touring musicians played shows there. The new building is going to be larger and it won’t be a pole barn so I’m going to call that an improvement.  You can see drawings and floor plans for the new building in the Hangar 9.2 folder on Hangar’s Facebook page.

On the other hand, I don’t like the fence enclosing the beer garden.  In the drawings it looks like there will be slats (of wood?) facing the street and a chain link fence behind that, with vines trained to grow up the wall.

It looks pretty cool viewed from the inside, but I don’t know if it’s a good idea to build a wall between the street and your business.  I realize they had to enclose the beer garden, but it would have been nice to have an enclosure that allowed patrons to see out and pedestrians to see in.

Maybe the city council/liquor control commission  wouldn’t permit a more “open” fence like the one enclosing Booby’s beer garden.  I have sometimes wondered whether the wall between Melange and the street contributed to its downfall.  A wall or an opaque fence says “you aren’t welcome here.”

In spite of the opaque wall around the beer garden, the new Hangar will fill a void on the strip and it will be a great venue for live music.  That’s good for Carbondale.  Here are two more photos:

Comments are welcome.

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

October 12, 2010 at 8:00 am

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