Merid­ian ath­letic club would of­fer pools, a spa and a 4 a.m. open­ing

The Idaho Statesman - - Local - BY JOHN SOWELL jsow­ell@ida­hostates­ John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @JohnWSow­ell.

A Cal­i­for­nia com­pany wants to open an ex­pan­sive ath­letic club un­like any­thing else in the Trea­sure Val­ley on an 8-acre par­cel at Ea­gle Road and Ustick in Merid­ian.

The plans for Vil­las­port Ath­letic Club and Spa in­clude four in­door and out­door swim­ming pools, two 26-foot-high wa­ter slides, whirlpool lounges with saunas and steam rooms, an NBA-reg­u­la­tion bas­ket­ball court, more than 120 car­dio ex­er­cise ma­chines and more than 180 group ex­er­cise classes a week, ac­cord­ing to an ap­pli­ca­tion filed with the city of Merid­ian.

The two-story club would also of­fer mas­sages, body treat­ments, fa­cials, wax­ing, spray tan­ning, man­i­cures and pedi­cures. A cafe will serve meals, snacks and drinks, in­clud­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages.

“Fo­cus­ing on fam­i­lies, Vil­laS­port of­fers a concierge ap­proach to mem­ber ser­vice with a full cal­en­dar of fit­ness, sports, so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and events for all ages,” Tamara Thomp­son, direc­tor of client ser­vices for The Land Group of Ea­gle, wrote in the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Vil­laS­port, based in San Rafael, Cal­i­for­nia, op­er­ates clubs in Colorado; Texas; San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia; and Beaver­ton, Ore­gon. It at­tracts a high-end clien­tele.

Mem­ber­ship dues at the Ore­gon club, lo­cated across from Nike’s world head­quar­ters, are $142 per month for an adult, $217 for a cou­ple, $246 for a cou­ple with one child, and $275 for a cou­ple with two chil­dren.

The Trea­sure Val­ley Fam­ily YMCA charges $43.90 for one per­son, $60.90 for a cou­ple and $74.90 for a fam­ily. Ax­iom Fit­ness charges $20 to $30 per per­son, de­pend­ing on an in­di­vid­ual plan.

The build­ing would in­clude 99,000 square feet of space. A chil­dren’s area will fea­ture an in­door play tower, a mul­ti­pur­pose sports court and an out­door play area, along with art and dance stu­dios, a quiet room for in­fants and a play area for tod­dlers.

A com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment on a 3-acre par­cel on the Ea­gle Road side would be added af­ter the ath­letic club gets built. It would in­clude a build­ing with 15,300 square feet for re­tail busi­nesses.

The ap­pli­ca­tion does not men­tion how many peo­ple would be em­ployed at the club. A news re­lease in May for a Vil­laS­port club un­der con­struc­tion in Ro­seville, Cal­i­for­nia, out­side Sacra­mento, said the com­pany an­tic­i­pates hir­ing up to 250 full-time and part-time em­ploy­ees when that 130,000square-foot club opens next spring.

The Merid­ian club’s de­vel­oper, Sadie Creek Com­mons of Las Ve­gas, needs a con­di­tion­aluse per­mit to op­er­ate an ath­letic club and spa on the prop­erty. It must ob­tain ap­proval to op­er­ate its pro­posed hours: daily from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. Out­door ac­tiv­i­ties are pro­posed to take place from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Out­door live mu­sic, which would take place within 100 feet of nearby houses, would cease by 9 p.m.

Phone calls to the com­pany and to the de­vel­oper on Fri­day were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

A hear­ing be­fore the Merid­ian Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at City Hall, 33 E. Broad­way Ave.

Plans for the health club were first re­ported by

Pro­vided by the city of Merid­ian

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the pro­posed Vil­laS­port ath­letic club pro­posed for Ea­gle Road and Ustick in Merid­ian. The build­ing would house swim­ming pools, ex­er­cise ma­chines, a cafe, a nail salon and chil­dren’s ar­eas.

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