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Terra Bruce Productions moving into Mayor Avenue property
A new rehearsal studio for a popular production company has been approved for the centre of St. John’s.
Located at 27 Mayor Ave., the former Judy Knee Dance Studio, the building was given the go-ahead to be converted by council at its weekly meeting Monday.
Councillors approved the non-conforming use application by Terra Bruce Productions — the theatre and television company behind the "No Change in the Weather" musical, which was performed in front of 15,000 people across the country in 2019.
Ward 2 Coun. Shawn Skinner said council received no submissions from the notification of the application.
“I think residents of the area would be generally happy with this,” said Skinner, who recommended council approve the application.
The proposed use is for a theatre studio for rehearsals only, which will replace the previous Judy Knee Dance Studio, which first moved into the building in 1981. The building was put up for sale in 2018 when Knee, who taught dancing for more than four decades, announced she would be semi-retiring.
The new Terra Bruce Productions rehearsal business will involve both office and rehearsal space. There will be a maximum of 25 members on site, with no public business, customer interaction or public performances. It will operate 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Parking for 12 vehicles on-site was also approved by council.
“It’s great to see there’s more (building) space there for rehearsals and arts,” Coun. Debbie Hanlon said. “I know the city is needing it and it’s good to see that there’s private people getting involved.
“It’s a great location. … It will be a welcomed addition to the neighbourhood.”
The Telegram tried to reach producers of the Terra Bruce Productions, including Bob Hallett, for reaction, but messages and calls weren’t returned by deadline.