Pending Act 250 Permit Application in Greensboro

The Highland Center for the Arts Trust (HCAT) submitted a permit application to the Agency of Natural Resources for revisions to the theater complex currently under construction at the corner of Hardwick Street and Center Road.   The application includes proposed changes to the architectural design, hours of operation, café occupancy, roof line, colors, and sign.   Specifically, the application delineates changes in siding material (cement board to shiplap siding that is grey-green in color), roofing colors, and a new sign that will use a native stone unearthed during construction. An amended wastewater permit was issued in April to revise the design flow use allocation for the system and the café now has a waste water permit that will enable it to seat 40. The amended permit will also reduce the number of folding chairs permitted in the theater from 130 to 29 on days when the café is in operation.

The District #7 Commission will evaluate the changes under the ten criteria of Act 250, but it also intends to narrow the scope of the hearing to Criterion #8, which covers aesthetics, unless the Commission decides to expand the scope at or before the hearing.

The public hearing for this application is on September 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Greensboro Town Offices. A site visit will take place before the hearing at 6:15 PM. Participants should meet at the Highland Center for the Arts parking lot. Please be aware that the Act 250 process has established criteria for whom may participate in hearings. Information on this, as well as how to participate if you are not a statutory party or adjoining property owner, is available here:

Details about the application, including PDFs and a narrative explaining the proposed changes, are available for viewing here:

3 replies
  1. Sheila Dillon
    Sheila Dillon says:

    Thank you for the update. In the latest application to the State, the Highland Center for the Arts Trust is also requesting a change in their hours of operation. The approved hours were from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm. Their latest application is requesting that the hours be changed to 7:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight). Does this mean that the restaurant would be allowed to stay open until midnight? Would alcohol be served until midnight? Does anyone know if this is an item that the Act 250 Commission will be evaluating? It seems like a local issue to me — and one that needs additional information. If anyone has additional information or clarification, I would appreciate it.


    This isn’t related to the above question, but does anyone on this site know a man by the name of Joseph Weatherby III???
    If so, please let me know how I can reach him….I have some items of his that I have found.
    Thanks – Karin Newhouse


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