Gym to get facelift, addition

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 11, 2015

 The gym will get a facelift, a new parking lot and a 4,000-square-foot addition sometime this year.

The gym will get a facelift, a new parking lot and a 4,000-square-foot addition sometime this year.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


ST. CLAIR SHORES — A gym dating back more than 30 years will get a facelift this year.

Gary Collins, director of development for Fitness International, said that LA Fitness, 20701 E. Eight Mile Road, is planning to give the building, first constructed in the 1980s, a facelift and a 4,069-square-foot addition.

The three-lane, 75-foot pool in the gym will be moved to the new addition, to be made to the rear of the building, which will allow for a large aerobics room and an expanded floor plan for workout equipment. The gym also plans to upgrade its locker rooms, which will become the entrance to the pool.

The company plans to repair the existing parking lot and restripe it, along with replacing the lights in the lot.

Collins said the facility will be comparable to the LA Fitness in Roseville, although it still will not have a basketball court.

“It will definitely be a nice overhaul,” Collins said.

He said the parking lot lighting would be upgraded so that, even though they are not adding any additional light posts, there would be a better distribution of light from those same poles.

“Thank you for putting the investment into that facility,” said Councilman John Caron at the March 2 City Council meeting, when the site plan was discussed. “To see you investing in the facility is great. ... A lot of people were afraid, once the Gratiot one came up, that LA Fitness would abandon” the St. Clair Shores facility.

He did ask, however, that the city investigate who owns the fence between the gym and Brys Park — LA Fitness or the city — and determine how it would be maintained in the future.

“It’s going to be a wonderful addition,” agreed Councilman Peter Rubino.

City Council unanimously approved the site plan. The plan was set to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a height variance March 5.

Collins said they hope to begin construction on the project in the summer and told the Planning Commission that work could take about six months.