Proposed Community The Pearl Theater Awaits Receives Zoning Change From City

Carolyn Testa spoke to the membership on Novermber 23rd about a proposal for a new community theater in Bonners Ferry. Carolyn is under contract with the Community Fellowship Church on Ash Street to purchase the property contingent upon obtaining a zoning change from Residential to Commercial status.

Her proposal is to convert the church into a community theater that will provide a smaller scale venue for local performances within the art community. The current building seats between 100 and 150. She cited some of the economic benefits for the community for providing a community theater -- bringing people into the community, a positive draw for business considering relocation, programs for primary and secondary school activities, catering opportunities, etc.

Carolyn responded to questions regarding parking, train whistles during performances, and any concerns of adjacent property owners.  It is her belief that a change to commercial zoning on this portion of Ash Street will unify and standardize the usage already associated with this area. 

Carolyn requested letters of support from anyone for this zoning change. Her email address is -- carolynltesta@yahoo.com (spelled out as Carolyn L. Testa)

UPDATE: THE COMMUNITY THEATER PROPOSAL WAS APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON 2/1/11 AND IS NOW A REALITY!  CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLYN TESTA FOR GETTING THIS DONE.

THE NEW NAME OF THE THEATER IS "THE PEARL".