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Fitness center approved for Marshall Square

Posted: November 4, 2011 - 3:09pm  |  Updated: November 4, 2011 - 5:31pm
Artist rendering of a planned fitness center approved Thursday, Nov. 3, for Marshall Square.  Hand out
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Artist rendering of a planned fitness center approved Thursday, Nov. 3, for Marshall Square.

The Columbia County Planning Commission revised plans Thursday for an Evans development to allow for a sizeable fitness and wellness center.
The fitness facility is planned on a 6.3-acre corner lot in Marshall Square near the intersection of Evans Town Center Boulevard and North Belair Road.
Renderings of the project show a brick two-story building with a glass entry way.
The center will focus on diet, exercise, nutritional counseling as well as sports medicine and rehabilitation, according to notes by county planning staff.
While the potential purchaser of the property was out of town, contractor John Martin said at the meeting that the second floor is designated for a walking track, cardio deck and other fitness equipment.
Nearly 30 positions, including a dietician and rehab trainers, could be created at the center, he said.
Part of the sports training program is to recruit and work with athletes from area schools by enhancing their athletic skills.
“There is a sports-specific training area where they will actually bring those kids here and help them with what their goals are,” Martin said.
Work on the project might start as early as December, said Martin, adding that their hopes are to open the center by November 2012.
Development Services Director Richard Harmon previously said that the fitness center will be 50,000 square feet.
Planning commissioners agreed to add “wellness and fitness center” to the list of approved uses on the lot, but no other commercial use is allowed there.
Also at the meeting, Martinez Bible Chapel on Columbia Road was granted approval to build a canopy over part of its parking lot for bible study and recreational activities.
The planning commission passed preliminary plats for 87 lots on 34 acres in the Hilton and Newcastle subdivisions off Riverwood Parkway as well as for 67 lots on 18.3 acres in phase four of Summerlin off William Few Parkway.
A final plat for 14 lots on nearly 55 acres in the first phase of Grimaud Farms off White Oak Road also received approval.

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