Rocketown moving earlier than expected

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:43pm
Staff reports

Rocketown, a nonprofit youth outreach center, indoor skate park and music venue, has agreed to move out of its 401 Sixth Ave. S. location by May 10.

The Metro Development & Housing Authority purchased the location in February as part of the expansion of Korean Veterans Boulevard. The agency had initially allowed for Rocketown to stay put through June 20. However, road closures and construction have interfered with Rocketown's operations; its website features a map on the front page with routes to traverse the construction and reach the center.

“We are pleased that MDHA was willing to work with us to help us secure transitional space and allow us to vacate early,” said Rocketown Executive Director Regina Newkirk.

Founded in 1994, Rocketown offers teens free counseling, unique classes and a place to “be themselves.”

All-ages shows will be moved to the white building at 522 Fifth Ave. S.; May 5 and 10 shows will be at the Cannery Ballroom. Starting April 26, the offices will be moved to 500 Lafayette St. The skate park and shop will be moved to 601 Fourth Ave. S. The park opens April 30.

The last event at the current location, “Travisfest," takes place April 24. Proceeds will go to medical bills for Rocketown frequenter Travis Morgan, who suffered a coma-inducing injury three years ago.