The Mirror arts center has been proposed by the Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency (GAAR) to be located on the southwest corner of Breezy Avenue and Hardwick Street. The year ‘round arts center would be for a variety of theatrical, arts and musical performances under the aegis of various local arts organizations. The GAAR has a contract with David Allen, the land owner, to purchase the land for the center.
The center has proposed a 26,000 square foot theatre modeled on the new Globe Theatre in London. The facility would have additional performance, rehearsal, dressing room and storage space. The theatre would seat about 200 people, have a café for 50 people, parking for more than 84 vehicles and large buses, and, of course, rest room facilities.
The total cost of the center, estimated by some to be about $10 million, will apparently be paid for by long-time summer resident Andrew Brown. The architect in charge is Daria Pizzetta of Hugh Hardy’s New York City firm. An engineer and a construction company have also been selected.
The Greensboro Development Review Board (DRB) has approved the proposal and issued a Conditional-Use Permit. All other local and state requirements have been met, including the Act 250 Application, approved by the state on July 1, 2015. The sale of the land to GAAR should soon be completed, with construction to follow.
The Act 250 application review was required, because the GAAR theatre project is considered to be a “commercial purpose project.” The review was by the District 7 Office of the state’s Natural Resources Board (NRB), which is located in St. Johnsbury. Kirsten Sultan is the responsible NRB official there, at 802-751-0126.
Various issues were raised by abutters at the NRB hearings, such as, for example, blasting, ground and well water impact, and appropriateness under Act 250 criteria such as aesthetics and local and community architectural style and, perhaps, the proposed flat roof. To access the Act 250 application details, click on: https://anrweb.vt.gov/ANR/ANR/Act250.aspx
To learn more about Act 250, visit www.nrb.state.vt.us. For more detail, go to the actual permit and findings, as issued by NRB, toward the bottom of the first link. The GAAR proposal is also available at www.mirrorarts.org.
A rendering of the project was on page one of the July 23, 2015 Hardwick Gazette and also on page one of the Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Hardwick Gazette, together with two articles on the project, and in the July 7th Caledonian-Record. There are probably other media reports as well.