The Metro nightclub site will become a self-storage center | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

The closed Metro Entertainment Complex in Riverside is being considered for redevelopment into the Metro Self Storage project.

A city request shows the removal of the former gay nightclub, which closed in August 2021.

The city has issued a Mobility Fee Calculation Certificate for Jacksonville-based Atlantic Self Storage to develop a 150,000-square-foot, four-story facility on 3.43 acres at 859 Willow Branch Ave.

Matthews Design Group of St. Augustine is the agent.

Through Riverside Avondale Atlantic Service LLC, Atlantic Self Storage purchased the property Sept. 1 for $1.85 million among four deeds.

Atlantic Self Storage operates 51 facilities in northeast Florida, according to

Jerald C. Rosenberg and Arnold J. Michaels have sold the gated Metro Entertainment Complex property for $1.85 million.

Holidays of Jacksonville Inc. and Holidays of Jacksonville LLC, led by Arnold J. Michaels and Jerald C. Rosenberg, sold the property, including the building, parking lot and vacant land,

The 16,319 square foot nightclub building was built in 1941.

On August 24, Daily Record partner reported that Metro Entertainment Complex owner Jerry Rosenberg announced that the nightclub would be closing this weekend.

The site said Rosenberg announced the closure of the nightclub, which had served the LGBTQ+ community for 28 years.

Rosenberg said the nightclub has been hit hard due to the pandemic.

“AJ and I would like to thank everyone who has supported Metro over the years,” Rosenberg said in the report.

“We have been the proud owners for 15 of the 28 years. It was an incredible experience. We have the most wonderful staff and friends behind us since day one. The pandemic hit us really hard, being so closed last year,” Rosenberg said.

“We have the opportunity to sell the buildings and land to a developer.”

Rosenberg also teased that a new location may open soon.

He said he was working with some key employees to partner with Metro’s move “to a new, smaller, brighter location in the community.”

Rosenberg said on January 22 that he had not chosen a new location. “We are working on it,” he said.

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