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UPDATE: No Building Permit Yet For Grand Palace Renovation

By: Monte Schisler, News Director
Posted: Friday, July 08, 2011

The new owners of the Grand Palace have not obtained a building permit from Branson City Hall, and it's not known when renovation work on the theatre will begin.  Nashville based Kingdom Wealth Builders bid 5-point-4 million dollars on the courthouse steps during a foreclosure auction 10 days ago. Branson Planning and Development Director Jim Lawson says he's met briefly with the new owners, but plans have not been submitted for approval.

Jim Lawson Y548  (:15)   ....be done inside.

HometownDailyNews.com was told representatives of the Kingdom Wealth Builders group were due back in town earlier this week, but they have not been available for comment.  At the time of the foreclosure auction, a person speaking on behalf of the group said they hoped to start renovation work as soon as possible, and it could take 3 to 4 months to complete.  That person said Kingdom Wealth Builders hoped to have the theatre open late this fall.  No shows have been announced.

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It's been 10 days since Nashville based Kingdom Wealth Builders bid 5-point-4 million dollars for the Grand Palace during a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Taney County Courthouse.  At the time, a realtor representing the new group of owners said they hoped to start renovation work as soon as possible, and it could take 3 to 4 months to complete.  But work hasn't started, and members of the ownership group have been unavailable for comment.

Hometown Radio News Director Monte Schisler sat down with Branson Planning and Development Director Jim Lawson:

Jim Lawson Y549   (:22)    ...with all due haste.

Lawson said Kingdom Weath Builders will have to submit plans for renovation before a building permit is issed.  A person speaking on behalf of the ownership group the day of the foreclosure auction said they planned to have the theatre open late this fall.  No shows have been announced.


Oh Silly Hall - 07/08/2011 10:18:20 AM
In Keeping with tradition, lets give these folks all the problems you can possibly throw out. Afterall, we don't want to make anything easy for competition, now do we?? Planning and Zoning in Branson needs to be voted out. You can tell what they are worth by looking at the vacant rock pile just north of WalMart on the strip. A rock pile that sits idle, all done with the blessing of P&Z.
concerned - 07/08/2011 11:41:31 AM
Cudo's to Oh silly hall. The OLD forsythe was just fine. NOW the city of Branson has once again done something as stupid as creating TIF zones everywhere, placing undue burden on all tax payers who must carry the school district load without that commercial revenue, giving the whole area a bad name due to having the highest sales tax burden anywhere in Missouri, the list goes on and on and it will never stop until the only two shows left are the Presleys and the Balknobbers.
Old timer - 07/09/2011 7:46:34 PM
You know the next time you two have a thought.... Don't... Those have got to be some of the dumbest remarks yet...
Kathee Baird - 07/11/2011 5:59:23 PM
Anyone else find it interesting that KWB is based in Norcross, GA where Herschend Family Entertainment is also based? Monte, do some digging.