When we first heard that all-ages music venue/art gallery/classroom space Colorcube had rescheduled a few of its upcoming shows, we crossed our fingers that they wouldn’t go under. Sadly, we just learned that the space is now officially closed for good.
According to co-proprietor Clint Vickery, Colorcube received a notice that they were in violation of a zoning ordinance at the beginning of March.
“The city put a notice on our door saying that there was a zoning issue,” said Vickery. “They didn’t say what it was. It took us about three weeks to figure out that our building was zoned to be a concert house and social hall … but because we were within 300 feet of a residential area, they require a Conditional Use Permit and they were unwilling to grant that CUP to us for some reason.”
But according to Hal Simmons, planning director at the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, there might have been a misunderstanding.
“Nobody can recall having spoken to them and most of them probably would’ve encouraged them to come in rather than discourage them," said Simmons. "I really don’t think they got any advice to not file a CUP here. I don’t know, my guess is maybe there’s some problems with bringing the building up to code.”
Colorcube is currently in the process of removing all of the sound equipment from the space and contacting artists to pick up their work. They will search for a new home in the ensuing months.
“We’re going to keep looking and investigating, but we’re going to touch a little lighter around town because we’ve lost money doing this already,” said Vickery. “We really want to continue to do it but we’re also young and it’s not like we’re built of money by any means.”
Despite the setback, Vickery and his partners—wife Melissa and their friends James and Lindsey Lloyd—will not be disappearing from the city's cultural scene.
“We’re going to be doing booking and promotions around town still promoting under-represented genres in all-ages settings, helping young Boise bands get their start,” said Vickery. “That’s still our focus, unfortunately we won't be able to do it in our previous location.”