Fitness Center Requests Permit to Open in Downtown Wheaton

Owners of Strand Fitness Center LLC request permission to open a fitness center at 124 N. Main St. in downtown Wheaton.

Wheaton's planning and zoning board tonight will hold a public hearing to consider an application for a special use permit to allow a health club to open at 124 N. Main St. in downtown Wheaton.

Strand Fitness, LLC, 268 Sheffield Lane in Glen Ellyn, has submitted the application, and would occupy the rear unit of the main floor and lower level units of the building.

According to Wheaton's Zoning Ordinance, health clubs are not a permitted use on the main floor of a building in the C-2 retail core business district, where 124 N. Main St. is located. Health clubs are, however, allowed on any other floor, and would require a special use permit to open on the main level.

Strand Fitness LLC is a fitness company focused on a personalized, "appointment-only" approach to guiding clients in efforts to exercise, eat well and take care of their bodies to be strong, fit and healthy, according to its company description. Targeted to adults 40 and older, Strand Fitness would provide personal training, workshops and seminars, and social events.

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In their business plan, owners Elisabeth Sochacki and Pamela Strand wrote Wheaton is an attractive location because of its higher income demographics, favorable female demographics, "higher than average" fitness center usage and existing fitness resources and infrastructure.

The space, formerly the JB Winterberry antique shop, is for rent with three units and a lower level space. Sochacki and Strand plan to sign their lease if granted zoning board approval, according to an Aug. 27 letter to the property owner.

City staff wrote in a memo regarding Strand Fitness the business is being proposed in a building that is "uniquely suited for this use," and would recommend approval of the application. 

The planning and zoning board will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at City Hall, 303 Wesley St., Wheaton.


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