Cheney Free Press -

By JOHN McCALLUM
Managing Editor 

No height variance for CHS

Hearing examiner denies school district's request to allow proposed auditorium to exceed code maximum

 

An artist's rendering above shows the proposed 500-seat auditorium at Cheney High School. The "fly box" is located towards the upper middle of the picture.

The expansion and renovation work at Cheney High School has hit a snag over the height of a portion of the proposed 500-seat auditorium sometimes referred to as a "fly box."

A fly box is part of a theater's backstage that is taller than the rest of the auditorium in order to accommodate the scenery and lighting rigging and scaffolding. In Cheney's case, the fly box designed by district architect ALSC is 54 feet - 18 feet higher than the code allows for the school's location in a R-1 residential zone.

In an April 9 decision on the school district's conditional use permit for construction at...



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