Gymnastics facility planned for Rockport Yachting Solutions property

By Gabriel Blodgett | Oct 01, 2019
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett A gymnastics facility is planned for the building currently occupied by Yachting Solutions in Rockport.

Rockport — Jonas and Stacy Contakos have submitted a pre-application to the Planning Board to “renovate and expand the current Yachting Solutions property at 229 Commercial St. into an education-based child and adult movement center.”

Jonas Contakos said the major component of the facility would be “gymnastics and aerial arts,” although there is potential for expansion of the 6,000 square-foot building to include space for other activities, including a dance studio.

Contakos said he and his wife have been teaching gymnastics for the last eight years in the area under the name North Atlantic Gymnastics Academy. He said they currently see between 250 and 300 students every week at three locations. Students who now come to a location in Hope and those who take classes at the Penobscot Bay YMCA would be consolidated at the new facility, while a Damariscotta location would remain in operation.

As for what prompted the decision to pursue the new location, Contakos said, “We just need more space.”

He said they are operating in roughly one third of the space required for the number of kids they see, and added that the desire to become their own entity factored into the decision.

Contakos has professionally coached gymnastics for 21 years and has a doctorate in motor learning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. Stacey has also coached gymnastics for 20 years. Jonas said the programs would be “complementary to the community,” meaning that they would not be competing with any programs already offered locally and they would work to continue a strong relationship with the YMCA, where they have been based for the last several years.

He said the initial plan would be to renovate the main 6,000-square-foot building and keep one of the smaller buildings on the property before possibly adding another 6,000-square-foot structure.

Members of the board expressed concern regarding the traffic flow at the intersection of Route 90 and Route 1. Contakos said the couple hope to have access from Route 90 with a loop for vehicles so as to minimize the impact and prevent more cars from entering on Route 1. No timetable was given for the project, but the agenda states that the property is under a purchase-and-sale agreement.

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