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Zoning Board Supports Fitness Center for Downtown Wheaton

Zoning board supports proposal to open fitness center in downtown Wheaton.

Wheaton's planning and zoning board on Tuesday voted in favor of a special use permit to allow a fitness center to open at 124 N. Main St. in downtown Wheaton.

With the thumbs up from the zoning board, City Council will vote next week on the proposal from Strand Fitness, 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.

Pamela Strand, co-owner of Strand Fitness operates her personal training business out of Lisle, with clients from the Wheaton and Glen Ellyn areas, she told board members Tuesday. She said she wants to open in Wheaton at a more convenient location for her clients.

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.

Zoning board member Suzanne Fitch said the Strand owners gave a "great presentation," and have a great business plan. The five board members voted unamimously in favor of the plan.

Strand said they hope to open at 124 N. Main St. Nov. 1.

Council will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 at City Hall, 303 Wesley St., Wheaton.

Dr Silicon October 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Not being from Wheaton however.... Has/Was there any considerations made using some of the property vacated by the school to solve the Roosevelt "S" strangler between Naperville Rd and Main St? Seems a one direction right only (west) from main and a wind over from Naperville to main north of the property or something could fix this gridlock.
Charlotte Eriksen October 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
No... just the fitness center.

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