dimanche 28 février 2016
samedi 27 février 2016
A new fitness studio that incorporates a ballet barre into workout routines is looking for permission to open in Uptown Park Ridge.
Pure Barre, with 14 locations in the Chicago area, is seeking City Council approval to operate a studio in the Shops of Uptown at 110 N. Northwest Highway. The location was previously home to Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, which closed in 2014 after about one year of operation.
The Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-0 Feb. 23 to recommended approval of a special-use permit for the operation of the fitness studio. The recommendation could go to the City Council for a vote on March 7, said City Planner Jon Branham.
Branham said special approval is required for this type of business, because the Shops of Uptown were originally intended to contain retail shops and restaurants, both of which produce sales tax. Under the terms of the Uptown development agreement, Pure Barre will also be required to make a payment to the city in lieu of sales tax collection, Branham said. This will also go before the City Council for a vote.
Architect Steve Kolber, representing Pure Barre, described the business as a "small studio boutique fitness concept" with minimal equipment and classes for up to 25 people.
"It's just one big room with a barre wrapped around it," Kolber said.
If approved, Pure Barre will be the second fitness studio to open in the Shops of Uptown. Orangetheory Fitness, approved by the City Council in December 2014, operates at 10 N. Northwest Highway.
Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Joe Baldi asked fellow commissioners if they had "issues" with the compatibility of Pure Barre in the development, but no one indicated that they did.
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