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24 Hour Fitness could be headed to Algonquin

If approved, health club would include sauna, indoor lap pool, basketball courts, personal training

The gym would be located in the former Dania furniture building at 1621 S. Randall Road in Algonquin.
The gym would be located in the former Dania furniture building at 1621 S. Randall Road in Algonquin.

A 24 Hour Fitness – featuring indoor basketball courts, strength machines, a sauna and more – could be headed to Algonquin.

The gym would be located in the former Dania furniture building at 1621 S. Randall Road. The building has been vacant for several years and sits in the Algonquin Galleria Center, according to village documents.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval earlier this month. The Committee of the Whole will decide Tuesday whether to recommend approval to the Village Board.

Graham Palmer, of Hubbard Street Group, is representing 24 Hour Fitness. He’s seeking a special use permit to transform the property.

The health club would offer a number of amenities including cardio, weights, exercise classes, personal training, indoor basketball courts, strength machines, TRX suspension training and turf zone.

In addition, a sauna and an indoor lap pool would be cut into the existing slab of the building. All activities would be located within the 40,000-square-foot building, according to village documents.

“It brings foot traffic into our shopping area and its also revenue for the village,” Village President John Schmitt said. He said another fitness center will provide area residents with more choices.

“It brings competition,” he said.

The club would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company expects 700 to 1,000 visitors each day and would have 200 parking spaces, according to village documents. At peak times, additional parking would be available elsewhere throughout Galleria because the shopping center has cross-parking and cross-access between lots.

In addition, the company would hire five full-time managers and 50 part-time service experts, personal trainers and exercise instructors.

24 Hour Fitness has 420 locations and 4 million members nationwide.

If approved, the facility would likely be open in the first quarter of 2020, according to village documents.

The Committee of the Whole will meet at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at 2200 Harnish Drive.

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