The 632 Limited Partnership has a contract to buy the property from Moose International and would then sell it to St. Clair, said Gene Albert Jr. of Clear Spring, one of 632's partners.
St. Clair said it would take him about six months to get the restaurant and lounge facility up and running under a "very tropical" theme after getting approvals and buying the building.
"You'll feel you're walking into an island."
Dan Litten, a next-door neighbor and Moose member, said he didn't have a problem with it if it was operated like the Moose Lodge. But he said he was concerned about traffic, pollution and thumping rock-and-roll music upsetting the quiet, mostly retired neighborhood.
St. Clair said he wouldn't have outdoor bands, would hire security guards to patrol the parking lot, and didn't plan to have heavy metal-type bands.
"I'm not coming in here creating a monster," he said.
St. Clair said he didn't intend to open a bingo parlor or sell tip jars. He would have a game room including pool tables and video games.
He said he planned to be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily and would serve alcohol.
St. Clair said some of the acts he has booked in the past in Miami include Gloria Estefan; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Bruce Springsteen; and John Travolta.
Attorney William Wantz said another advantage of the operation is that it would be for-profit and pay taxes, unlike the Moose.
The building has been vacant since Moose International shut down the lodge in February 1994, citing repeated violations of the organization's laws and policies.
When it was operated as Moose Lodge No. 212, the lodge had as many as 10,000 members, making it the largest Moose lodge in North America.