Ground broken for Life Time fitness center in Beaverton
Life Time Inc. has broken ground in Beaverton on what will be a three-story athletic club, outdoor swimming pool, 619-space parking garage and office space.
The Dec. 18 ceremony took place on eight acres at the southwest corner of Southwest Barnes Road and Cedar Hills Boulevard, next to the Sunset Highway. Completion is scheduled in fall 2021.
Jason Thunstrom, vice president of corporate communications, said Life Time is more than a health club, although the Beaverton building will have 400 exercise machines.
"It is more about an all-around lifestyle, not just a fitness component," he said in a brief interview afterward.
"What we have found is that bigger allows us to truly accommodate every interest a family could have. The goal is to build a place where people feel they want to be, not where they feel they had to be. Here it becomes more of a high-end luxury health and wellness resort."
It will be the first Oregon club for Life Time, which is based in Chanhassen, Minnesota, outside Minneapolis, and has more than 100 locations in 29 states and Canada.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle has visited a Life Time club in the Denver suburbs. "It knocked my socks off," he said.
The 138,000-square-foot club will offer child care, personal care services, healthy eating, and a 37,000-square-foot outdoor (but enclosed) swimming pool. In addition, a fourth floor will provide about 45,000 square feet of office space.
"We know one thing: People do not have more time these days, they have less," Thunstrom said. "Life Time is all about how they can get more efficient with their day.
"I can guarantee … that in every market we have built one of these (clubs) and people see what it is we deliver — from age 3 months to 100 — there is something for everybody at Life Time."
The site will be the first developed of the 90 acres included in what is known as the Sunset Station and Barnes Road planned unit development. Among those who took part in the groundbreaking were Scott Eaton, an independent developer who works with J. Peterkort & Co., and Lois Ditmars, president of Peterkort Management Co.
The site was once proposed for a Walmart, but the City Council rejected it in 2006 amid concerns about traffic congestion near TriMet's Sunset Transit Station. The current council voted July 16 to uphold Planning Commission approval of the Life Time development, which some businesses appealed on similar grounds. One councilor acknowledged that any development in that area is likely to generate traffic.
Aaron Koehler, Life Time vice president for real estate development, said Life Time had eyed the site for awhile.
"Without the work you have put in before us, none of this would have been possible," he said at the ceremony. "Beaverton is committed to becoming a premier city."
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