Prep School Plans To Turn Beer Store into Theater

Holy Ghost Prep wants to build a theater and gym at Bounds Beverages.


The Bensalem Zoning Hearing Board approved an application by Holy Ghost Prep to transform Bound Beverages beer distributor into a student theater and practice gym facility.

Representatives for Holy Ghost presented the school’s plans Thursday evening to the Zoning Board. They said the school hopes to buy the beer distributor in the 2500 block of Bristol Pike directly across the street from the campus and transform the facility into a 240-seat theater for performing arts and an extra space for basketball and other indoor sports.

Holy Ghost Director of Admissions Ryan Abramson told board members that the new facility would fulfill some of the school’s biggest needs. He said the school’s shows are being performed in the campus chapel and there’s a long waiting list for the lone gym at the field house.

The board was generally positive about the application but voiced some concern over its parking situation. The school’s plans called for about 50 parking spaces at the new facility and board members thought that might not be enough when shows were being performed in the theater.

Abramson ensured the board that the parking would be sufficient, and in situations when it isn’t, overflow parking would be across the street where the school has over 200 additional spaces.

In the end, the board’s concerns seemed to be answered and they approved the application unanimously.

Board members said this project would be a positive addition to the Bristol Pike area.

“They (Holy Ghost) do keep beautiful grounds,” Vice Chairperson Joann Redding.

“There could be a lot worse there,” Board member Al Champion said.

Believe April 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM
All for progress and think this school will make a nice facility there, however, funny who gets and does not get a green light in Bensalem. Just take a look at who they give a hard time about curbing, trees, etc. and make them come back multiple times and who they rubber stamp. Hmm, total of 50 parking spaces for a theater and gym combination....never heard of such a thing. If you only have 50 cars worth of people coming to see your shows, well, I don't think they will be successful.


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