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Originally published: 2014-03-21 14:52:34
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Council OKs land transfer to App Theatre

by Anna Oakes

The Boone Town Council voted Thursday to direct the town manager and attorney to finalize the details for a transfer of town land to the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country.


The Appalachian Theatre -- a nonprofit organization formed to restore and reopen the 75-year-old venue on King Street -- seeks the space in the Boone Town Hall parking lot so that a wing can be built onto the existing theater stage. The space needed for the wing addition would consume between three and four parking spaces behind the Boone Town Hall.


The council also passed a motion affirming its belief that the transfer of town property would serve a public purpose because it provides for a public auditorium and urban redevelopment.


"I think this is a very valuable project," said Boone Town Councilman Rennie Brantz. "It's a great sign of how we can continue to cooperate ... the town and community together."


The town purchased the theater for $624,000 in a 2011 foreclosure sale, and last July ATHC paid off the loan from the town and assumed control of the building.


The organization has been raising funds for the theater in a silent phase of a capital campaign. Last month, ATHC Chairman John Cooper said that nearly $3 million has been raised -- with most of that coming in since last summer.