Lights, camera, action - Elkton Theatre receives a facelift downtown

The Valley Banner

ELKTON – In conjunction with his plans for the town, Pham Chopra incorporated a construction business late last year.

Chopra established Bright Visions LLC on Dec. 1, 2015, and said the entity replaces Valley Construction, a business he owned previously.

Chopra, who moved back to Elkton last year from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., after having lived here years ago, purchased some 15 area properties last year for a total of more than $4.7 million.

Among the area properties Chopra purchased was the historic Elkton Theatre, which was last used in July 1987.

The remodel of the facade of the Elkton Theatre was made visible on Saturday, when Adam Good, a contractor hired by Chopra, removed a wooden wall.

Good, owner of Peak Home Improvements, obtained a permit in October from the town for the “refurbishing process of the theater,” according to a Feb. 5 letter from Charlotte Shifflett, the town’s zoning administrator.

Good inquired of the town on Nov. 12 in regard to the wooden wall, which covered the facade of the theatre while it was being remodeled.

Town Manager Kevin Whitfield gave Good permission to build the wall and 90 days to remove it, according to Shifflett’s letter.

Chopra contracted with Nielsen Builders to repair the roof of the theatre. He confirmed that the work was completed on Jan. 22.

Chopra said he plans to pursue a grant to finish the remainder of the theatre.

Chopra plans to put the theatre, Conrad’s Store and the former Leap House at 154 W. Rockingham St., which he also purchased, on the National Register of Historic Places.

He plans to make Conrad’s Store into “Conrad’s Pioneer Museum” and is considering making the former Kite Mansion into the “Blue Willow Restaurant.”

In addition, J.W. Gordon, an Elkton resident and Blue Ridge Community College student, and Harrisonburg Realtor Jack Rose are working with Virginia Tech’s Community Development Assistance Center on a greenway that would run from the springs near the Kite Mansion to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Gordon told the Elkton Council in November that Virginia Tech students could conceivably work on the greenway at no cost to the town as part of a class project.

The greenway could be modeled after the 2-mile Luray-Hawksbill Greenway, which includes parking areas, restrooms, drinking fountains, trailside benches and picnic tables.

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