Just Dance Center Awaits Approval of Plans for New Dance Studio in Gardner MA
Contractor Robert Ouellet has submitted an application for a variance at 69 Lincoln Street in Gardner, seeking permission to convert the premises to a Dance Studio. If approved at the Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on June 21, 2022, 69 Lincoln Street would be the new home of Just Dance Center which formally left its Downtown Gardner location on May 31,2022. The application was submitted prior to the middle of May 2022 and before being marked complete included a Copy of DEED, photographs, and plans. Gardner officials have publicly spoken in favor of keeping the Just Dance Center in Gardner.
Just Dance Fan Base
The public Facebook page of Just Dance! Performing Arts Center demonstrates many parents are eager for the business to reopen. Here are some of the comments. “Thank you for creating so many amazing years, and memories in this building. I’m hopeful the new space can happen soon. We are so lucky to be a part of the Just Dance family.”, Hoping there will still be summer classes…. The family you have created for these kids is truly inspirational. Once you can re open there will be joy, happiness and the most beautiful welcome back messages ever! We will see you soon!…. So much love for this place and business you created, thank you for all that you do for these kiddos and including me as well. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for your love and dedication for dance…. Bigger and better things are coming. You will probably be happy you have moved forward to bigger and better things. … So many memories there. We are so thankful to be a part of the Just Dance family! Hope that the new space is approved soon!”
City of Gardner Support
The City of Gardner has been extraordinarily supportive of the business as well, as chronicled in a previous article. Just Dance received almost $200,000 in expenses support over the past 5 years from GRA, various Micro Enterprise funds, a relocation specialist, and even a check for $69,500 to assist in the move. Gardner Magazine will let you know the progress of the new location of this beloved local business.
About the Gardner MA Zoning Board of Appeals
The Gardner Zoning Board of Appeals consists of 3 members and 2 alternate members: Raymond F. LaFond, Chairperson, Randall Heglin, Third Member, and Michael Gerry, Clerk. Alternate members include Melory Cornett and David Antaya. June 21,2022 Agenda —- Schedule of Fees —- 2022 Meeting Dates —- Instructions. (Note that the Deadline to Apply for a variance is one month before the scheduled meeting) Copy of DEED, Photographs, plans, and a complete application must be submitted with the application. The application must be reviewed and marked complete by the Zoning Board of Appeals Administrative staff prior to being submitted and time stamped at the City Clerk’s Office. The fee to apply for a variance is $350, and if the applicant requests a continuance, that is subject to a $150 fee.