Crestwood board OKs CUP for Planet Fitness; sends Club Fitness request back to panel

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen voted unanimously last week to approve a conditional-use permit for a fitness center that will operate in the former Best Buy site.

But aldermen referred a request for a conditional-use permit, or CUP, for a second fitness center back to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Aldermen voted May 24 to approve a CUP for Planet Fitness to operate a 44,000-square-foot, coed fitness facility in the former Best Buy location at 9450 Watson Road. The facility will be open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Planet Fitness plans a roughly $4 million renovation for a new concept store that will feature specialized training classrooms.

In March, aldermen approved a CUP for a Gold’s Gym to operate at the former Best Buy site, but Gold’s Gym could not come to terms on a lease.

Aldermen voted to send Club Fitness’ request for a CUP back to the planning commission after questions were raised about traffic flow and a monument sign mandated by the panel in recommending approval of the request.

Club Fitness is proposing to operate a 27,963-square-foot, coed fitness facility at the former Office Max site at 9901 Watson Road, Suite 111. The facility would be open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

During public hearings on both requests, residents expressed concerns about a proliferation of fitness centers in the city.

Residents also expressed traffic concerns about the Club Fitness proposal.

In a separate matter, the board began discussing an ordinance proposed by board President Grant Mabie of Ward 3 that would establish rules governing conduct at meetings, including adopting Robert’s Rules of Order. The discussion was postponed after Mayor Gregg Roby said he believed all aldermen should be present.

Richard Breeding of Ward 1, Justin Charboneau of Ward 2 and Jerry Miguel of Ward 3 were absent.