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4/30/2014 12:01:00 AM
Hearing on amending code to allow theaters downtown set for May 15

As reported last week, a proposal for a non-profit theater in downtown Harbor Springs has been brought before the Harbor Springs Planning Commission. As there was no provision, or even mention, of theaters in the city zoning code, the Commission directed that proposed amendment language be drafted.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 15, on two options for amending the zoning code. The first would allow "a public assembly building, similar to a theater or auditorium, in the CBD (Central Business District) as a permitted principal use." The second would allow such a building as "special land use."

As reported, a group of individuals is "in the process of forming a non-profit 501(c)3 entity to be known as 'Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre." This not-for-profit event space will be organized exclusively for charitable educational purposes, and operating a community-supported and mission driven theater in Harbor Springs.

Harbor Springs resident and city council member Jeff James is serving as the spokesperson for the group. The group reportedly has three adjacent (one building structure) condominium spots under contract to purchase. The three-condo building is on the north side of Main Street near the intersection of Main and Gardner Streets and currently houses Coolhouse Labs and two retail store locations.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments on Thursday, May 15 at 6 pm at City Hall. Copies of the proposed zoning ordinance changes will be available at the City Clerk's office beginning Wednesday, April 30. In addition to the public hearing, comments can be made by mail to the Planning Commission, in care of City Manager, City of Harbor Springs, PO Box 678, Harbor Springs, MI 49740; by fax to the City Manager at 231-526-6865; or by e-mail to the City Manager at citymanager@cityofharborsprings.com.

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