Rockland Council eyes zone change for dance studio

By Stephen Betts | Jan 07, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Studio Red owner Vanessa Knause met Monday night, Jan. 6 with the Rockland City Council about a proposed zone change to allow her to build a dance studio on Thomaston Street. Pictured with Knause are Code Enforcement Officer Adam Ackor, left, and Councilor Nate Davis.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council will consider next week a proposed zone change that would allow a growing dance studio to construct a building on Thomaston Street.

Vanessa Knause, owner and instructor at Studio Red, met Monday night, Jan. 6, with the Rockland City Council.

The property where she wants to build is located in an industrial zone. The current zoning law limits health and fitness facilities to 40 percent of any building in an industrial zone.

The proposed zone change would make that restriction only for the Rockland Industrial Park not industrial properties outside the Industrial Park.

The property is 229 Thomaston St., which is sandwiched by residential properties.

Knause said Studio Red began with 10 students on School Street in Rockland. The business then moved to Rankin Street in Rockland and now she rents space at the Riley School in Glen Cove. Enrollment is now about 250.

The plan is to build 3,500-square-foot building for three studios and then she would like to expand by another 500 to 1,000 square feet for a fourth studio.

Knause said she would like to break ground in the spring and have it completed in the fall.

Councilors discussed whether it was a good policy to have industrial land taken up by non-industrial operations.

Code Enforcement Officer Adam Ackor said cultural entities are also valuable to have in Rockland.

Councilor Ben Dorr said that the city has someone who wants to build and open a business and welcomed such an addition.

Councilor Valli Geiger pointed out there was no sidewalk up that far on Thomaston Street but one is needed particularly if children were to walk there from the South School.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 07, 2020 11:39

We don't have a decent sidewalk on Ocean Street and you want to build one up Thomaston Street. Amazing how the best foot comes forward for something new, but the old is forgotten. Sort of like the song "There's a New Kid in Town".



Posted by: Robert M Rosenberg | Jan 07, 2020 07:25

Excellent idea!



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