Moving ahead and putting on the brakes, the Blowing Rock Town Council last night approved moving forward with a lease of the old Blowing Rock Fire station for new life as the Firehouse Theater, but just across the parking lot, the brakes were put on plans for the renovation of the American Legion building. The formal lease was approved by the council for Ensemble Stage pending approval of the plans for the building, with that to be formalized over the next month or two, a final vote leading to fund-raising and renovation of the building into a new theater.
But bids for the American Legion renovation come in $200,000 above the projections and hopes of the town council, leading the board to reject all eight bids.