February 21 2016
Academy of Creative Arts Gets Permit to Move to New Burlington Location
By: Rich Hosford
A private academy that teaches children visual and performing arts looking to expand both in its offerings and its location got one step closer this week.
The Planning Board approved a special permit and a site plan for the Academy of Creative Arts to move into a building at 12 A Street. The site was formerly a racquetball club.
The husband of wife team that owns the academy, Hetal and Java Joshi explained that the business started in their home when Java, a trained artist, began teaching painting lessons to local children. They soon expanded the business by bringing in other artists to teach a variety of different mediums to both children and adults.
Currently they are located at 217 Middlesex Turnpike and offer close to 20 types of classes, from painting to chess to foreign languages, dance and performance arts. Hetal said now the goal is to move into a larger facility and offer more education programs, on subjects like math, science and robotics. They also want to have space for fitness classes and martial arts lessons and plan to keep one of the racquetball courts going.
Hetal said having a wide variety of classes available will make things easier for parents, who often drive their kids to different places for different activities. He said with the academy they can drop them off and the children can engage in a variety of lessons.
Members of the Planning Board raised some concerns with the parking layout but eventually worked it out. There was also talk that if the business expands in the future they would like to see sidewalks built in front of it. Most of the members said they thought it would be a great project and pointed out that it fit in well with the goals of the town’s Master Plan Committee.