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LA Fitness planned for New Lenox

Village board still must OK project

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:24 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:33 p.m. CST

NEW LENOX – Village officials in New Lenox are considering granting a special use permit for a site development that will bring LA Fitness to town.

On Monday, village board members considered an ordinance that would grant a special use permit for preliminary and final planned unit development for an area located near U.S. Route 30 and Vancina Lane. The developer for the area is Oak Brook-based InSite Real Estate LLC.

The overall development would include three lots for potential businesses coming to New Lenox but the only tenant for the site village officials know of is LA Fitness, said Robin Ellis, assistant village administrator and community development director. LA Fitness would take up 35,000 square feet of the area. 

Village officials are excited about the potential for commercial growth, New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann said. He said board members were able to see at Monday’s meeting the building plans for LA Fitness.

“We’re excited about it,” he said. “It’s a prime location … we’re hoping especially a place like LA Fitness will bring a lot of people [in the area].” 

The special use permit had its first reading at the village board Monday and board members are scheduled to continue discussing it at the March 24 meeting, Baldermann said.

No other businesses have been secured for the area, he said, but they would most likely be restaurants or retail shops. 

The property near Route 30 and Vancina Lane is located at an intersection across from Target and Lowe’s, according to InSite’s website. The location serves the “high-growth communities” of New Lenox, Mokena and Frankfort. New Lenox ranks ninth in new home starts and has one of the lowest foreclosures rates in the Chicago area, according to the InSite website. 

Baldermann said hopefully the people who visit the businesses in the new development will do more shopping elsewhere in the village and get to know the area better. The village keeps performing well with new housing starts and commercial development, he said. 

“Things continue to go well for us in a pretty tough economy,” he said. 

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