NC Theater Space Update


Dirty South Improv would like to thank everyone who has donated and helped to raise funds for the North Carolina Theater. Going through the process of business development, building inspections, and commercial leasing has been a positive experience for our small juggernaut of improv comedy, and we're moving right along. DSI's Auction, NC Raffle & DSI Chicago Raffle brought in almost $6000 for the renovation and buildout of a permanent theater space in North Carolina. Now for the update and overall good news:

The space DSI Theater was looking to lease at 128 E Franklin St. was reconsidered by the Town of Chapel Hill Department of Inspections due to a miscommunication about the most recent (2002) building code when they originally inspected the space. The initial approval for space was given with the inspector's knowledge of the 1997 building code for Assembly (theater) businesses. An important change which affected this space as a possibility was it being located below grade. That meant, according to the 2002 building code, a required active sprinkler system, which the space does not have. This upgrade would not be covered by the Landlord, and was something that DSI Theater deemed cost-prohibitive during early April. We would like to thank Michael Fox for all of his work, but unfortunately Franklin Street won't be home for DSI Theater this Fall.

DSI has always kept its options open, so we were able to quickly identify a space located at Carrboro's Carr Mill Mall. It's walking distance from the current DSI Training Center, a stone's throw from the Weaver Street Market lawn and it's a huge space with active sprinklers, high ceilings, and possibilities. The property manager for Carr Mill Mall, also the Chair of the Downtown Development Commission, has been an incredible resource, working to walk the plans for our theater space through the inspection process himself. It's a huge jump for the theater, looking towards a slightly adjusted marketing plan, but absolutely do-able.

Carr Mill has proved to be a positive option and DSI plans to finalize negotiations soon for a September opening. More details coming soon...

Zach Ward