Since the stage of the historic Clinton Theater fell silent in 1973, Clintonville residents, developers and preservationists have debated whether to tear down or restore the 83-year-old building at 3379 N. High St.

Since the stage of the historic Clinton Theater fell silent in 1973, Clintonville residents, developers and preservationists have debated whether to tear down or restore the 83-year-old building at 3379 N. High St.

Owner Phillip Karshner effectively ended the discussion last month by announcing plans to demolish the theater and adjacent buildings. The Clintonville Area Commission has approved his demolition permit.

The future of the real estate just south of North Broadway Street remains uncertain, but a local architect has big plans for how to use it.

“I started talking to people, and they all had different ideas,” said Tim Lai, who runs a firm in Clintonville. “It was a personal obligation to do what I can do as an architect and to visualize those ideas from the community.”

An exhibit titled “What’s Next: New Visions of the Clinton Theater” will run through Oct. 14 at the Starbucks at 3416 N. High St. It will feature three development concepts, including a mixed-use complex and a public park.

“We’re very much aware that the building will likely come down,” Lai explained. “Regardless of what happens to that building, we need to have a vision.”