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Space Miami Sold to "Group of Investors, Led by Roman Jones and Justin Levine"

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"It is true," longtime downtown Miami don Louis Puig admitted last month. "I sold Club Space."

Writing in his semi-annual "tell-it-like-it-is letter regarding EDM," Puig also confirmed that Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week 2013 would be his last with the NE 11th Street party institution.

But the ex-owner didn't drop any hints about the identity of the club's new proprietors.

However, a spokesperson for Opium Group partner Roman Jones tells Crossfade that Space is now "held by a group of individual investors, led by Jones and [fellow Opium partner] Justin Levine."

The rep is insistent, though, that "Space is not owned by the Opium Group."

See also:

-Space Miami Celebrates 12 Years of EDM

-Space Miami's Louis Puig: "We Have Dominated, Where Others Predicted Our Demise"

-Louis Puig: "It Is True, I Sold Club Space"

In his letter, Puig reminisced about his time at Space and explained his decision to sell the club.

"I'm very proud of what we created in Downtown Miami and have been privileged to work with some amazing and talented people. 13 years is a very long time for any club to be around and I couldn't have done it without all the people who supported Space in so many ways. Its 130 years if you want to compare it to human years.

"[But] it was time," he writes, "for me to move on and let someone else carry the Space torch."

That "someone": Jones, Levine, and several other nameless backers, who, the rep insists, "are all genuine fans of the existing Space culture."

Predictably, there will be some light renovations to the club. "Space will keep its renowned look and feel," Jones's spokesperson says, "with some upgrades to the physical space and increased production, lights, and sound."

But for all those worried that Space is set to become a VIP bottle-service club, the message is clear that "the current operations will continue unchanged.

"Paolo Pincente, who has been the general manager and director of operations for Space for the past several years, will remain at the helm of Space.

"No one knows how to operate Space better than the team that's been doing it for years. This same team will continue to operate Club Space."

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