Roger Ellis, of Friends of the Evergreen Theatre, says he was one of the original members of the Fundy Folk and until recently, a member of the board that oversees Evergreen Theatre. He has resigned over concerns he has with the direction the board is taking with its newest project.
Last year David O’Leary, manager at Evergreen Theatre, announced the board was launching a fundraising campaign for a major expansion that would provide the venue with public washrooms, as well as a lobby, and canteen area. The plans for the new addition won’t alter the performance space.
Ellis says while he agrees that an extension is needed, he is concerned that the board is pushing forward design plans that it may regret in the long term. Halifax architect Peter Henry has been hired to produce the conceptual designs for the project.
This spring when the conceptual drawings were first presented, board members were divided. Some raised concerns about the visual contrast between the traditional building and the proposed modern extension.
As a builder, Ellis says he is concerned that the angle of the addition’s roof will prove to be a costly mistake in the long run. After a series of meetings, the conceptual designs were modified and the majority of the board approved these revisions, but Ellis says he is still not completely sold on the new design.
“Everyone wants the extension, but not everyone is happy with this plan,” he said. “Esthetically and practically is this…
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