Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 3, 2010

Gym headed for Vintage Hills

Facility would be available for members 24/7

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

A new fitness facility planned for Vintage Hills Shopping Center will be accessible to members around the clock, using security systems including a dedicated 911 line and the option for exercising patrons to wear necklaces that send out distress signals.

"Where Anytime Fitness really stands out from the crowd is in their use of proprietary access software, security and surveillance technology," said Jordan Boreman and Debra Casados in their application for a use permit. "The integration of these systems allows owners to operate safe and secure clubs with greatly reduced staffing needs."

Boreman and Casados already own Anytime Fitness studios in Pleasanton, Livermore and San Ramon.

"From our experiences, we average about 10-15 members in the studio during peak operating hours," they reported.

The Pleasanton Planning Commission approved the conditional use permit for the new Anytime Fitness at its Aug. 25 meeting, and the owners are planning improvements to the space in the Vintage Hills Shopping Center at the intersection of Bernal Avenue and Vineyard Avenue/Tawny Drive.

"We're going to have a stretching room and an office, and the entire gym will be open outside of those two rooms and the bathrooms," said fitness consultant Adam Chan, who was transferred from the San Ramon facility to work at Vintage Hills.

The facility will join 1,300 gyms worldwide in the 7-year-old Anytime Fitness franchise, headquartered in Hastings, Minn. The co-ed club specializes in its 24-hour access, affordable membership fees, quality exercise equipment and neighborhood locations, according to its website.

The Vintage Hills facility will have one employee on site from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. daily, as well as personal trainers, according to the city staff report. There will be no group fitness classes or locker rooms although there will be two restrooms. A small tanning room is also proposed.

Neighbors sent emails to the city supporting the project.

"I think it's great to see new businesses move in," Kurt Brockett wrote. "The center being empty is a real bummer and I hope by creating recurring customer traffic the facility will help draw other business such as a coffee shop and hopefully a grocery store in the large space."

"I feel it will be a good addition to the center," wrote Kenneth Blair, who said he has already joined the gym. "Anytime Fitness has no deliveries, no construction except the inside of the building. I am sure the majority of the people who join the club will be neighborhood people."

Vintage Hills Shopping Center, despite the vacant 20,000-square-foot space that once was occupied by Romley's market, is home to some thriving businesses. These include a hair cutting salon, a spa, a frozen yogurt shop, a laundry and dry cleaning shop, a jewelry store, a sushi restaurant, a dance studio, and a tae kwon do studio.


Posted by Pete, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Sep 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

When's this opening?

Posted by Patricia, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm

They told me October.

Posted by Mary, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

They Should put a Trader Joe's in the shopping center! That would really boost the neighborhhood and since there is very little parking at the Trader Joe's off Santa Rita this will give both sides of Pleasanton access to a great store!

Posted by Karen, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

I agree with Mary! Move Trader Joe's over to Vintage Hills.

Posted by Pete, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Sep 12, 2010 at 12:00 am

I was told "We open in 8 weeks, September." strange

Posted by Larry, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:37 am

you better watch what you say on the basketball court in regards to cheating on your wife with your business partner. Even that tall guy that is your "close friend" you play with has a big mouth. People even saw you and your business partner in of starbucks and the san ramon anytime fitness getting it on. I am the last person you expect to know about this and I can easily go to your wife because we are friends and tell her the whole deal. I can get pictures of you and your "business partner" at your own house or her house if I wanted to just because I'm that close with your family and hers. You better start changing up or your life is going to flip upside down fast.

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