By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
The Gateway Market Center, LLC received the approval of the Board of Supervisors at their February 11th meeting for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to allow a fitness facility in the development across from Walmart.
Bart Svoboda, Zoning Administrator/Planning Director, presented the SUP request to the BOS. There were no concerns expressed by the agencies that review SUPs. As the use that is planned for the site fits the comprehensive plan, the staff recommended approval.
There were no comments from the public and the Board were all in agreement that this request fits the property well for the existing zoning. Svoboda noted that the developer of the property would only use a portion of the structure for the health club and that other tenants must conform their use to what is defined in the B3 zoning.
This property is at a key location of the Gateway Center as it has access from Route 33 and US 29. The majority of the traffic entering the development will pass this parcel whether they are headed to to the northern anchor (Lowes) or the southern anchor (Walmart).
Snap Fitness is the operation that will locate in this space. This national franchise business model operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week with key access for its members. An internet review found comments from other franchise owners to be very favorable and member reviews to be mixed.
This 24/7 business model is very similar to Anytime Fitness that has an existing franchise location just south of Ruckersville on US29 near the Best Western Hotel.
The BOS unanimously approved the SUP and all agreed that this is the type of business that the county is looking for. Svoboda explained that the need for the SUP was due to the 24 hour access. This location is in a heavily traveled, well lit area and he had little concern about the security of the facility.
Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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