Suher buys Northampton nightclub site

NORTHAMPTON — City business magnate Eric Suher has purchased the property at 480-492 Pleasant St., home of Diva’s Nightclub and Pleasant Street Car Wash, for $1.55 million from Matthew Pitoniak and Edmund Kamansky of Northampton.

The multilevel building also houses other offices, including the civil process office for the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department. It sold for $1,550,000 Tuesday, according to public records filed with the Hampshire County Registry of Deeds.

The building is next to the Shell station on Pleasant Street, not far from Exit 18 of Interstate 91 on Route 5.

Reached Tuesday, Suher confirmed the sale, but he declined to elaborate on any plans he might have for the property.

“I don’t comment on any of our real estate purchases,” said Suher, of Holyoke. “It’s just a transaction.”

Efforts to reach Pitoniak and Kamansky for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Diva’s, a nightclub open Wednesdays through Saturdays, is considered a gay-friendly night spot. It regularly hosts drag shows.

Suher is among the city’s largest property owners. He owns the Iron Horse Entertainment Group, which includes the Iron Horse at 20 Center St., the Calvin Theater at 19 King St., Pearl Street Nightclub at 10 Pearl St. and Mountain Park in Holyoke.

Suher also owns The Basement (formerly Bishop’s Lounge) at 21 Center St.; the Green Room, a planned music venue at 26-28 Center St.; and the former Baptist Church at 298 Main St., where he has announced plans to open a wedding venue and conference center.

The city’s License Commission last month revoked one of Suher’s two idle liquor licenses after he failed to meet several deadlines for opening the Green Room. Suher had been renovating the Center Street space but failed to make good on promises to the commission that it would be open earlier this year.

The License Commission gave Suher a deadline of June 14 by which he must open the wedding and conference space he has planned for the former church, or possibly lose the liquor license that goes with that property.

Other properties Suher owns include the Felt Building at 136 West St.; 101 Main St., a former bank building that now houses Urban Outfitters at the corner of Main and Gothic Street; and Florence Studios at 34 N. Maple St.

Suher Properties is located at 47 Jackson St., Holyoke.

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