Center Club extends lease and plans to expand in Transamerica Tower

The Center Club, a members-only business and dining club, plans to remain in its current space and expand, saying the location in the Transamerica Tower can best serve a growing membership and attract downtown residents from the heart of the city’s business district.

The club said Thursday it plans to renovate as part of a 10-year lease extension with building owner Corporate Office Properties Trust. The lease includes nearly 30,000 square feet on the 15th and 16th floors of the building at 100 Light St.

“It became clear we have evolved from solely a business club to a gathering place where most of our members use the club for social and family activities as much as for business purposes,” said Patricia J. ‘PJ’ Mitchell, president of the club’s board of governors, in an announcement. “We will continue to be a catalyst for building relationships, whether members are interested in expanding their professional or social networks.”

The club plans $2.3 million in renovations that will start in June to help meet demand for weddings and large social gatherings. Space on the 16th floor will be expanded to increase seating from 200 to 400 and allow the ballroom to be divided for smaller events. Remodeling will include new finishes and woodwork and higher ceilings. Work will continue next year on the 15th floor to add new flooring, furniture, window treatments and lighting. An iconic two-story staircase will remain the focus of the club’s entrance.

The Center Club was founded in 1962 for business professionals regardless of race or religion. The club says it has a diverse membership of all ages.

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