Twelve Tribes begins construction on Main Street project-Jan.2016
Source: The wickedlocalplymouth.com
The sign went up, the store closed and the work has begun. A new two-story café, another store, a private theater and a connecting courtyard are what’s coming for 53-57 and 59-61 Main St.
Posted Jan. 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM
PLYMOUTH – The sign went up, the store closed and the work has begun. A new two-story café, another store, a private theater and a connecting courtyard are what’s coming for 53-57 and 59-61 Main St.
Twelve Tribes’ plan to renovate and transform this block of downtown Plymouth into even more thriving businesses was presented and approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals in March of last year.
Common Sense, the Twelve Tribes’ Main Street store, has closed for these changes, which includes a connecting courtyard that will extend to the rear of the church’s existing Blue Blinds Bakery at 7 North St.
The Main Street building in question is right next door to Common Sense, and is the former home of Stevens the Florist. This is where the two-store café will be, behind which a lobby and theater will be located. Twelve Tribes representatives have said they’re not yet sure what type of theater will be housed here – whether it will be just for private use of the organization or be open to the public at times.
The proposal involves cutting an alleyway on Main Street between Common Sense and the proposed new café, creating a walkway that connects to the courtyard, which in turn connects to a rear entrance to Blue Blinds Bakery. It will be a café and theater complex that proponents say will enhance the downtown area, providing a place to refresh and grab a bite.
In March of 2015, the ZBA approved a plan to extend the existing 42-foot-tower on the building to 48 feet, as long as the tower would never be used for living space. The existing 42-foot-tower on the Common Sense building already exceeds the town’s zoning bylaws, which require a special permit for structures taller than 35 feet. And the religious community is asking the town to let it exceed that height further to extend this tower to 48 feet.
The board also opted to grant a parking waiver, since the proposed uses will generate the need for 71 spaces, while the buildings are grandfathered for 90 spaces, well above the number needed.
While Twelve Tribes is a religious organization and, as such, doesn’t have to pay taxes, the group elects to make payments in lieu of taxes to the town. The church pays the town $40,000 each year.
So when will all these changes be made? A representative of the tribe could not be reached to answer that question. While Common Sense will be closed during a portion of the construction, Blue Blinds Bakery on North Street will remain open.
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Comment from John Turner:
“Are they still praying for the death of all their “enemies” and praying that all ex-members come to the light and return, giving them all their money??”