$1.5 million approved for Athletic Club upgrade

Aim is helping CA compete with proposed gym

September 26, 2004|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

The Columbia Association board has approved $1.5 million in upgrades to the Athletic Club as part of a long list of renovations designed to help the association compete with a gym proposed for Columbia's Gateway Commerce Center.

The board has approved $2.7 million in renovations for its fitness facilities in an effort to contend with the proposed Life Time Fitness, which would be the association's first major fitness competitor.

A second floor will be built above the Athletic Club's therapy pool, which will be heated to 92 to 94 degrees.

The association board approved $1.3 million for the pool project during its budget process this year. On Thursday, the board approved $1.5 million for the second-floor renovation that is to provide room for exercise equipment, a cardio theater with multiple television screens and a larger nursery.

The Athletic Club, in Harper's Choice village, hasn't undergone a major renovation since a tennis wing was added in 1987.

Renovations approved earlier include converting the Supreme Sports Club in Owen Brown, the Columbia Association fitness facility nearest to the Life Time site, into a 24-hour operation and a number of capital improvements to the club; housekeeping improvements for the CA's three gyms; and plans to covert the Hopewell outdoor pool into a major aquatic center.

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