LA Fitness set to open in Downtown Royal Oak

Work is wrapping up on the new LA Fitness
facility in downtown Royal Oak.

The developer, Schostak Brothers,
expects to finish the building within the next week or two. Stephen
Duczynski, vice president of the Development Division for Schostak
Brothers, says the job is about 95 percent complete. “There is still
some site work that needs to be done.”

The new 2-story building
at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Washington Street measures out at
45,000 square feet. It is built on stilts so vehicles can park on the
ground floor. The gym will be housed on the second floor.

Woodward lot is the consolation
for the Livonia-based company. It first proposed putting the
facility in the Gateway Plaza parcel at the corner of Main Street and
I-696. Think a suburban-style, single-story building surrounded by
surface parking. The type of development that made the progressive
urbanists of downtown Royal Oak cringe.

City officials convinced
Schostak to trade the Gateway Plaza for the Woodward parcel. The idea is
to save the Gateway Plaza parcel for a dense, urban, multi-use
development on the former car dealership space.

Stephen Duczynski, vice president of Schostak Brothers

Jon Zemke