Dance school gets new building

Nov 1 2011 - 10:12pm

BOUNTIFUL -- A project to build a two-story building to house a dance school on Main Street has received the green light.

The city council granted preliminary and final approval to a site plan for Creative Arts Academy at approximately 165 S. Main St.,, at a recent council meeting. The vote was unanimous.

The approval allows a business damaged by fire in August to rebuild.

The academy was originally located in two adjacent buildings, and after the four-alarm fire led to the demolition of one of those buildings, some of the academy's classes were moved to rental locations including the old Stoker School.

Jana Monson is the project applicant, and Bryce Mouton is the project architect.

Construction is expected to begin soon, as officials hope to move from their rental locations into the new structure by January or February.

The city's planning commission first considered the project site plan in September and recommended preliminary approval with several conditions related to site configuration, snow loads and egress.

Since then, staff has met with the architect and contractor as the school's plans were modified to address the issues.

The applicants fixed the grading and egress issues by adding a vestibule to the rear entrance that includes an additional set of stairs and an Americans With Disabilities Act accessible ramp, in such a way that the site will now drain always from the doors to the parking lot, said Aric Jensen, director of planning and economic development for the city.

The project gives new life to a business that touts itself as a school with one of the largest dance studio facilities in the state. There will be at least eight studios in the facility, which will feature "sprung" floors to lessen the impact on dancers' joints, according to a website for the academy.

The school includes teachers who have danced professionally or have degrees in dance and has current or former dancers from the four major Utah dance companies.

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