Property Briefs: Life Time Athletic Opens in NYC, Equinox Plans Spot By Katz's Deli, 'American Ninja Warrior'-Style Gym Opens

Life Time Athletic at Sky opened this week in New York City Photo by Life Time Fitness on Instagram
<p>Life Time Athletic at Sky opened this week in New York City. (Photo by <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Life Time Fitness on Instagram</a></strong>.)</p>

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Life Time Fitness opened its first New York City-based club on Wednesday. Life Time Athletic at Sky opened in Manhattan in the 71-story Sky building, which is cited as New York City's largest residential rental building by The Street. Life Time Athletic at Sky was announced in January.

Details on a new, three-level Equinox club that will be located next to the iconic Katz's Deli in New York City were revealed in a recent filing with the city. The 30,000-square-foot club, first reported by the New York Post on May 12, will have a first floor that contains a reception area, lounge and juice bar; several exercise areas on the second and third floors that include yoga and cycling studios; and an approximate membership count between 6,000 and 7,000, according to a Bowery Boogie report.

Indy Warrior, an "American Ninja Warrior" style obstacle gym, opened Wednesday inside Noblesville Athletic Club in Indianapolis, according to the Indianapolis Star. The 800-square-foot gym is owned by Andy Smith, who competed in season 7 of the NBC competition program. Indy Warrior joins other Indiana gyms with a similar theme – Classic City Center in Waterloo, Hoosier Heights in Indianapolis and Ivy Fit in Farmersburg, according to the Star.

24 Hour Fitness is expected to apply for a permit that would allow renovations to a former grocery store for a new location in Carol Stream, Illinois, according to a Daily Herald report. The 40,000-square-foot location would be located in the Geneva Crossing shopping center, if approved.

LA Fitness is expected to open a new location in Sarasota, Florida, in spring 2017, according to a WWSB report. The gym will be located in a former Dillard's department store and would be the second LA Fitness in Sarasota.

Orangetheory Fitness is expected to open a location in Frankfort, Illinois in the coming weeks, according to an Oak Park Pioneer Press report. Franchisees Adryenne and Derek Hearne, who will open the Frankfort location, recently celebrated Orangetheory Fitness Oak Park's one-year anniversary. In other Orangetheory Fitness news, a Marlborough, Massachusetts, location opened Thursday and a Greensboro, North Carolina, location is expected to open June 16.

An Anytime Fitness is under construction in Buckhannon, West Virginia, according to The Inter- Mountain. Anytime Fitness has gyms located 20 miles away from Buckhannon in Bridgeport and Elkins.

Planet Fitness is expected to open a location in Los Lunas, New Mexico, in July. It will be the smallest municipality in New Mexico with a Planet Fitness, according to the Valencia County News-Bulletin.

9Round in Statesville, North Carolina, held an official grand opening on May 25 after franchisee Diana Brush opened the club on March 28, according to the Statesville Record & Landmark. 9Round has 35 locations in North Carolina.

Quail West Golf & Country Club, Naples, Florida, has started renovations of the community's clubhouse and two golf courses, according to the Naples Daily News. The approximately $30 million renovation budget is expected to include a new 12,000-square-foot fitness and wellness building.

North Idaho Community College, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is expected to begin building a $6.5 million fitness center this month, according to the Spokesman-Review. Plans for 30,000-square-foot center include a gym, walking track, rock-climbing wall and space for wellness programs.

Manlius Pebble Hill, a private school in Dewitt, New York, plans to construct a 10,500-square-foot athletic center and fitness room on its campus, according to The center will be funded in part with a $5 million gift from the Mezzalingua Family Foundation.

Construction is underway on the $4.9-million, 24,000-square-foot Northwest Regional Recreation Center in Choppee, South Carolina. The facility will include a gym, aerobics room, cardio and weight room, rock climbing wall, indoor walking track and a catering kitchen, according to the South Strand News.

The Lockport Family YMCA, Lockport, New York, received a $1.5 million donation from the Grigg Lewis Foundation, according to Buffalo Business First. The gift moves forward plans for a new 52,000-square-foot branch in Lockport and a merger with YMCA Buffalo Niagara.

A real estate company seeking to redevelop the former Peconic Health and Racquet Club site in Flanders, New York, into a similar facility is hoping to gain approval from city officials by the end of August, according to a Riverhead News-Review report. Island Properties, Farmingdale, New York, purchased the property in 2007 but has been unable to redevelop the location for other uses due to county health department requirements for the three-acre site.

CareHere, Brentwood, Tennessee, opened its 200th medical health and wellness center on May 31. The manager of on-site/near site clinics opened the location at the headquarters of Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, Oregon. CareHere focuses on prevention and wellness for employees with services that include risk assessments, physicals, exercise coaches and registered dieticians.

The Greensburg YMCA, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, recently started an $800,000 exterior renovation project to continue the restoration strategy of its 103-year-old building, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune. The Y is expected to see major energy cost savings from the replacement of windows.

Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky, recently opened an on-site corporate fitness center in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Louisville. The cost for the pilot program was $300,000 and will be accessible to 13,000 employees, according to a WLKY report.

The Pueblo County Employee Fitness Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 31. The new center, located on the third floor of the county courthouse in Pueblo, Colorado, was paid for through a $20,000 wellness grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which has a partnership with the county, according to The Pueblo Chieftain.

The Southside YMCA, Savannah, Georgia, closed after 17 years on May 31. St. Joseph's Hospital, which is located next to the Y, owns the building and says it needs it for ongoing renovations and expansion, according to a WJCL report.

Sea Colony, Bethany Beach, Delaware, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday to celebrate the renovation of the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony. The private beach and tennis resort began the renovations in July 2015.

Fit To Fly recently opened in Louisville, Kentucky. Studio owner Jeanette Martinez received a $5,000 loan from the city of Louisville's Microbusiness Program to open the studio that specializes in aerial, flexibility, personal training and pole lessons, according to a WDRB report.

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