The Prizery wants to become the Barter Theatre of Southside Virginia, according to Prizery vice-president Carol Gravitt, who gave news of summer success to South Boston Town Council on Monday.
Attendance exceeded expectations, Gravitt noted, reporting that 24% of patrons attending Summer Theatre productions responded to a survey indicating 51% of attendees came from outside of Halifax County, and 31% of those came from over 100 miles away.
Danville and Pittsylvania County account for 24% of visitors, Clarksville and Mecklenburg account for 10% of visitors, and Roxboro, Person County, Hyco Lake and the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina account for 18% of patrons, Gravitt said.
In addition to ticket prices, the out-of-county patrons spent money associated with their trip to The Prizery on lodging, gas and shopping, in the average amount of $225.60 per patron.
A total of 77% of out-of-county patrons bought a meal or food during their visit, according to the survey, and 31% of patrons shopped while visiting the area.
The Prizery celebrated its 10-year anniversary this season with 23 performances, including “Mamma Mia” and “Mary Poppins,” which brought Broadway quality shows at rural Virginia prices to Southside Virginia, according to Gravitt.
Gravitt also introduced Angela Townes-Yancey, the newest managing director for The Prizery, to council on Monday.
A board of viewers who met Sept. 26 recommended a right-of-way consisting of 4,421 square feet be closed, finding that the closing represents no inconvenience to the general public.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities has purchased five parcels in downtown South Boston for the future site of the Microsoft/MBC SOVA Innovation Hub.
MBC has requested the right-of-way lying between these parcels be closed, vacated and conveyed to MBC.
With Tina Wyatt-Younger, vice mayor, absent from the meeting, council unanimously adopted a 2021-2022 Virginia Department of Transportation revenue sharing resolution at Monday’s meeting.
Council plans to submit an application for an allocation of funds of up to $915,207 through the VDOT revenue sharing program including but not limited to storm water improvements, street improvements and curb and gutter and sidewalk ADA handicapped ramps on three projects including Highway 501, Wilborn Avenue and Merritt Street.
Projects can move forward or back on the list depending on priority, according to Raab, telling council that projects for Irish Street and Greenway Drive are planned for the current fiscal year.
Raab also told council plans to bid out a large paving and sidewalk construction project along portions of North Main Street are estimated to cost $1 million.
A capital improvement plan for 2020-2026 unveiled by Raab on Monday includes the following:
• A stormwater, curb and gutter, sidewalk and paving project for Wilborn Avenue set for FY 2023 at a cost of $730,800;
• A $189,969 project for Highway 501 North for FY 2023 including a 30-inch pipe under Highway 501 near Church of God;
• A FY 2024 project for storm water upgrades and paving on both Merritt Street and Monroe Street at a cost of $909,645;
• A FY 2025 project estimated at $760,000 for installation of pedestrian crosswalks on northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 501 at its intersection at Route 129;
• A FY 2026 project for Highway 501 South including converting traffic in downtown South Boston to two-way and installing a traffic circle at Broad Street with its intersection with Main Street and Factory Street at an estimated cost of $2.6 million;
• A FY 2026 project converting traffic to two-way on Broad Street and installation of a traffic circle on Wilborn Avenue at Broad Street at an estimated cost of $1.5 million; and
• A FY 2026 project for a pedestrian crosswalk and sidewalk for Hamilton Boulevard at its intersection with Highway 501 at an estimated cost of $650,000.
Public hearings have been set for South Boston Planning Commission on Wednesday and town council on Oct. 15 to hear comments on a special use permit application to allow Joseph and Jami Cirotti to renovate dwelling units in a B-3 Central Business District at 616 North Main Street.
Joseph and Jami Cerotti plan to convert the two-story house into four one-bedroom apartments, two upstairs and two downstairs, each with a new kitchen and bathroom, each with over 600 square-feet of living space and each with two parking spaces.
The planning commission public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at council chambers on Yancey Street, and the town council public hearing is set for the Oct. 15 meeting at the same site.
Fire station update
Raab told council bid letters for contractors interested in construction of an addition to the South Boston Fire Station were due Tuesday, with a pre-bid meeting scheduled for Oct. 10.
Bids are due Nov. 7 by 2 p.m., according to Raab.
An expanded fire department would include a four-bay garage, four sleeping quarters, three offices and two shower facilities spread among 7,300 square feet.
Plans call for larger bay doors, 14x14-feet compared to the current bay doors, which are 12x12 feet, and finishes will match the existing building, primarily brick.
An expanded structure allows fire trucks to enter the garage at the rear of the building off Fenton Street, rather than fire trucks having to back into the station from Broad Street when returning from a call.
In other action, council recognized new additions to the South Boston Police Department — officers Jenna DeSantis and Ed Cawthon.