Construction has started on a 120,000-square-foot health and wellness center in Bordentown, NJ—the centerpiece of a 32.7-acre total health and wellness real estate development spearheaded by former NFL receiver Kevin Johnson.
Johnson, a wide receiver who attended Syracuse University, was selected in the second round of the NFL draft in 1999 by the Cleveland Browns. Johnson spent eight seasons in the league with four teams and amassed nearly 400 receptions, 4,600 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns.
But one of the top plays of Johnson's life is taking place this year in Bordentown, just south of his hometown of Trenton, NJ, where Team85 (Johnson's jersey number with the Browns) Fitness and Wellness Center is being constructed. When finished, the facility will have a 75,000-square-foot gym and be connected via covered walkway with a 45,000-square-foot field house with indoor turf field, basketball courts, batting cages and a party room.
"As we went around to clubs throughout the country and did our due diligence, we decided to put together a complete package, a one-stop shop, a fitness and wellness campus that hasn’t been done in the industry," Johnson says. "That’s the Team Campus concept."
The 32-acre Team Campus Bordentown will feature more than just a gym and field house. Nearby St. Francis Medical Center will occupy two buildings—the 78,506-square-foot St. Francis Outpatient Care Center as well as LIFE St. Francis, described on the company's website as a community-based alternative to nursing home care for senior citizens. Other Team Campus Bordentown tenants include a branch office of a local bank and Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, a nonsurgical orthopedic institute.
"What we tried to do was create a first-class environment and come out of the gates as one of the better fitness facilities in the country," Johson says. "We expect to open early in the fourth quarter, and we are already seeing very strong interest. Of course, we will be doing a lot of community outreach as we get closer to opening."
Johnson began investing in Trenton-area real estate early in his NFL career and calls his exposure to rehabilitation, integrated and preventative medical/fitness procedures "the blueprint" for his real-estate development firm K. Johnson Enterprises and for Team Campus Bordentown.
Johnson says he hopes to open other facilities like this one.
"We want to focus on getting this off the ground in a proper way," he says. "With the success we are starting to gather, we are planning to go into other geographic areas, too, and have success with it."