Here is what the space looks like when you walk in. That thing in the back is two sets of stairs leading to a small room. The guy I spoke to said it was a stage. But it won't be a stage unless I tear out the wall:
Here are the stairs I'm talking about:
Here is the little room the stairs lead to with one one window facing the outside. He might be right, maybe I can tear out that wall and make it a little stage:
The building has a main entrance out front, but I could use this back door as a little private side entrance for my students. It leads to a tiny area where they can wait if they are early. This is something no other space I've looked at has, a waiting area so they don't have to stand out in the cold and rain if they are early:
This is the main thing keeping me from leasing it. This ledge on the wall means we can't do wallwork on it. We need space for wallwork - it's a primary component of the class! I need to find a contractor that would give me an estimate of how much it would cost to tear out that ledge and take out the "stage" wall.
It has a shared bathroom down the hall. But the rest of the floor will most likely be rented out to businesses that occupy it during the day. My classes are weekends and evenings, so we'll probably have the restrooms to ourselves. Perhaps the tenants that move in to the floor with me would be willing to split the cost of a janitorial service to keep it clean. The rent includes a small office with a window looking into the dance studio. I could put a two way mirror thing in place of the window so I can check up on my classes without disturbing the students or instructor.
Here is the space I saw earlier this week on 45th in Wallingford, from the front:
From the back:
The owner is willing to tear out that kitchen unit and repaint the place. But there is no waiting area and the bathroom is tiny and ugly.