A key property in the ongoing redevelopment of K Street is about to get a tenant.
California Family Fitness has proposed moving into an empty storefront at 1012 K St., wedged between the rebranded K Bar and the entertainment complex that houses Pizza Rock, the District 30 nightclub and Dive Bar.
Several ideas had been mentioned as potential uses for the property, including a sports bar or retail. But California Family Fitness approached the city this summer and plans to turn the space into a gym with "an urban flair," according to a city staff report.
The 31,000-square-foot gym would have a rooftop space with a fire pit and lounge area that also has room for volleyball, Bocce and badminton. Inside, the gym plans call for all of the staples of a full-service fitness club: a weight room, steam room, dry sauna and space for group exercise classes.
City officials estimate it will bring between 1,000 and 1,200 visitors to K Street daily and provide an amenity to attract residents to the area. It could open by next spring.
"It's a great use," Leslie Fritzsche, a senior project manager with the city, told me. "It complements - in a real healthy way - other activities on the block."
The City Council must approve the proposed use of the property at its meeting Thursday night. The council is also being asked to approve a parking validation agreement with the gym.
The building was included in a deal approved by the City Council in 2009 that set aside $5.4 million in redevelopment money to revamp four empty spaces on K Street. That money came from the city's sale of the downtown Sheraton to developer David Taylor, who partnered with nightclub promoter George Karpaty to develop the entertainment complex that opened in January 2011.