TWIN FALLS — An abandoned theater in Twin Falls could soon feature new Mazdas.
Goode Motor Auto Group wants to simultaneously consolidate and expand two parts of its business in Twin Falls. The owner is asking Twin Falls Planning and Zoning Commission to grant him a special-use permit to run an auto dealership and repair shop at the former Twin Cinema 12, 160 Eastland Drive.
If it’s approved, Goode Motor plans to demolish a portion of the building, remodel the rest and offer up the original theater as space for community meetings.
“We think it’s a growing part of town,” Goode Motor owner Matt Cook said. “It’s got plenty of room for us.”
Goode Motor operates six dealerships in the Magic Valley. Its combined Mazda and Volkswagen dealership on Blue Lakes Boulevard has outgrown the space for both franchises, and sales have gone well, Cook said. His plan is to move the Mazda franchise into its own dealership at the theater.
Additionally, the company would like to consolidate the dealership with its service center, which leases property just three blocks away on Kimberly Road. Cook noted the existing service center abuts residential property, but the theater does not.
“This gives us a more permanent presence in Twin Falls,” Cook said.
Architect Errin Bliss said Goode Motor plans to demolish a portion of the building, but keep some of it, including the original theater. The remaining space would be remodeled and added to for showrooms.
The six-acre property is also large enough for Cook to bring in a restaurant on the corner of Eastland Drive and Kimberly Road.
“There’s not a lot of options for people on that part of town,” he said.
The Planning and Zoning Commission hosts a public hearing for the permit at its meeting Tuesday, which begins at 6 p.m. at 305 Third Ave. E.
Also at the meeting, commissioners will consider a preliminary plat for Pillar Falls Plaza, on the north side of Pole Line Road East between Bridgeview Boulevard and Eastland Drive North. The developer is proposing constructing townhouses, a hotel, condominiums and a neighborhood shopping and professional center.
Westpark Partners is asking the city to approve a preliminary plat, a zoning district change and a zoning map amendment to develop the Marriott TownePlace Suites adjacent to the Fairfield Inn & Suites.
St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center has requested vacating a portion of utility and sewer easements in order to construct a medical plaza and parking area on the northeast corner of its medical campus.