Members of the Rockport Planning Board conducted a pre-application review of a proposal by Vanessa Knause to operate a dance studio at 121 Park St. Knause operates Studio RED, which she plans to relocate from its current site in Rockland.

"We're looking to purchase the building at 121 Park St. It is currently zoned as a tradesman shop and has a two bedroom apartment which I would build-out so I could live there. We're looking to add parking to the site as well," said Knause on June 27.

Knause has been operating Studio RED for the past 10 years, teaching students of all ages. She said that the typical size of her classes is between 10 and 25 students. She expected that between 60 and 70 people would be at the facility over the course of a typical day, and most classes would run after-school hours, between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Board member Warren Erickson asked Knause how she planned to accommodate parking needs and Knause was joined by Scott Stackpole of S&S Excavators. Stackpole said that the current driveway could be widened and two separate parking areas would be added for a total of 24 parking spaces.

"If you may have 60 or 70 students at any one time… and parents like to stay with younger students who are taking dance lessons, do you really envision that 24 spaces is going to be adequate," asked Erickson.

"Yes. Most of our clientele that stays most of the night are older dancers who get dropped off at 3:30 and stay until the end of the night and get picked up. Our younger students who are age 5 or younger, their parents do stay for that class, and during any point of the night I only usually have one of those classes going on," said Knause.

Knause said that she doesn't anticipate making any structural changes to the exterior building, but will need to add a floor to the interior — because the current floors are concrete — and potentially build an additional bathroom.

"When you come back with the final plan, make sure that those things are in there so we can approve them," said Chairman John Alexander. Knause and the board also discussed possible options for signage on or nearby the building. A full application for the project is expected to go before the Planning Board next month, at which time they will conduct a site-walk on the property.

121 Park St. is located near the Simonton Corners, at the intersection of Main Street and Park Street. Constructed in 2014, the building is approximately 6,500 square feet in size and set on one acre. It is listed on Coldwell Banker's website for $450,000.