Planet Fit­ness to take up res­i­dence in city

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Martin

The Avon Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ap­proved a new Planet Fit­ness lo­ca­tion at its monthly meet­ing.

The Avon Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ap­proved a new Planet Fit­ness lo­ca­tion to be con­structed on the south side of Ch­ester Road at its monthly meet­ing on May 16.

The new 27,820 square foot lo­ca­tion is ex­pected to break ground later this year in time to open its doors to the com­mu­nity by De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning co­or­di­na­tor Pam Fechter.

The gym will be lo­cated on Ch­ester Road near the in­ter­sec­tion with Jay­cox Road near the pre­sent lo­ca­tion of Maria’s Field of Hope.

The new busi­ness is ex­pected to bring about 40 full-time jobs to Avon.

With the city wel­com­ing a num­ber of unique restaurants to the area, Planet Fit­ness ex­pects to open its doors just in time for New Year’s res­o­lu­tion sea­son.

Mayor Bryan Jensen wel­comed the new de­vel­op­ment and an­other ad­di­tion to the city’s busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“I know they’ve done all their home­work and they’ve done the stud­ies and feel that it’s a good move for them to come to Avon. We wish them well,” Jensen said.

Avon will be third Planet Fit­ness lo­ca­tion in Lo­rain County. The other lo­ca­tions are in Elyria and Lo­rain.

In other busi­ness, Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ap­proved a 3,033 square foot ex­pan­sion for Hope Chris­tian Church at 32625 Detroit Road.

The ex­pan­sion in­cludes the con­struc­tion of a 3,033 square foot build­ing ad­di­tion to the church’s ed­u­ca­tion wing, ad­di­tional park­ing, the con­struc­tion of small 768 square foot garage/work­shop just off the park­ing lot, and some mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the church’s sanc­tu­ary area, said project rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Reyes of Star Inc.

“I think John (Reyes) did a re­ally good job de­scrib­ing the ex­pan­sion,” said Bob Bauer, ex­ec­u­tive pas­tor of Hope Chris­tian Church.

“The church is grow­ing rapidly. Its growth is about 115 per­cent in the last two years. So we re­ally feel like we need the ex­pan­sion and John (Reyes) did a good job de­scrib­ing the project.”

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