"For the moment, we're going to be kind of nomadic," said
The company has been homeless since late last year, when it was forced out of the Allied Arts building at
But that move wouldn't work because of conditions required by a city hearing examiner, Gresham said. The conditions, including landscaping and lighting in the building's parking lot, would not have been compatible with the day-to-day warehouse functions of the building, he said.
Hearing Examiner Gary Cuillier imposed the conditions after the theater company applied for permission to use the building in an area zoned for light-industrial use. In addition to the parking lot requirements, Cuillier's ruling limited the company to 61 performances per year. That would be enough for now, but if the company wanted to expand its offerings in the future, that could have been a problem, Gresham said.
Though Cuillier's ruling was actually an approval of their request, not a denial, the theater company could appeal it and ask for adjustments to his mitigation conditions, city of
"They balked at the mitigations and haven't pursued it," he said.
That's because the Warehouse board didn't want to keep spending time and rent money on a facility that might not be all that well-suited to its needs, Gresham said.
"We just felt, with all the issues we were facing, it was best to go and find something more suitable," he said.
So they've booked the 4th
"It will probably be a variety of facilities over the next few years," he said.
Gresham said the board has not ruled out a return to the Allied Arts building at some point if another organization takes it on but does not believe owning it would be feasible.
In the meantime, he said, the show will go on -- at various locations.
"Our goal is to continue to do a series of four or five shows a year until we figure out where we're going to land," he said.
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