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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
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Kings Point ready to start on $3.7 million wellness center


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— After three years of research and planning, construction is slated to begin May 1 on a state-of-the-art wellness center at 2020 Clubhouse Drive.

Countless focus groups and community surveys were conducted with residents and national trends taken into account to design a center that will include features for the body, mind and soul, said Ginger Anzalone, vice president of Vesta Facilities Management — the company that manages Kings Point amenities.

According to Anzalone, the project manager, the bids between four contractors were separated by only $86,000. Wichman Construction won with a bid of $2.3 million for renovation of the two-story, 23,600-square-foot “2020 Building.” Anzalone said $3.7 million was budgeted for the project, including a $1.4 million allocation for equipment and furniture.

Currently, the gyms at both the North and South clubhouses total 2,800 square feet, while the new structure will have a 3,600-square-foot modern gym. A decision has not been made on whether to downsize or close the other two gyms.

The first floor of the new wellness center will have 59 weight and cardio machines; three manicure, three pedicure and four barber/beautician stations; and three massage therapist treatment rooms. During prime usage hours, two fitness managers and a team of qualified instructors will be available to assist residents on machine and regiment choices best suited for their needs and to educate residents on how to use the equipment. There will also be fitness studios for various exercise activities and classes.

The second floor will have meeting rooms and classrooms.

“We hope to bring in educational speakers on wellness and other topics of interest to our community,” Anzalone said.

During the peak season, there are close to 10,000 residents in Kings Point who enjoy the amenities provided to the community, Anzalone said. Last year there were over 114,000 visits to the gym, more than 21,000 in March alone.

“We believe in the quality of life,” she said. “With increased population and usage of our fitness centers and group exercise programs, the community has been very receptive to centralizing the improved services.”

Extended hours are being discussed to accommodate residents who prefer early morning workouts.

“More and more snowbirds decide to settle here every year,” said Jim Haggarty, newly elected Federation Board president. “Sixty percent of our residents live here year-round and this number is on the rise.”

Haggarty, a former snowbird, vacationed here for years with friends, liked what he saw and settled here with his wife 10 years ago. An active member of his community in Massachusetts for 35 years, he has been a member of the Federation Board for the past three years.

Working out in the North Clubhouse gym, Ron Cardoza is looking forward to the new facility.

“I like the idea of consolidating the fitness machines in one facility,” he said. “To have the new state-of-the-art gym centrally located just makes sense.”

Parking spaces in front of the 2020 Building will be increased by more than 20 spots, and the unused upper parking lot to its north will be repaved and re-opened with 60 additional car and golf cart spots. Barring any major delays, Haggarty and Anzalone expect construction to be completed by January. A grand-opening celebration will be held during the first quarter of next year.

Haggarty and the board of directors receive biweekly reports from Anzalone and conduct ongoing discussions on the project.

“We can’t live in the past; we have to live in the present,” Haggarty said. “Fitness and personal care are the two biggest (considerations) when (people) are looking to move into a new community. We are trying to improve (Kings Point) and make it attractive to future buyers.”

Dosi Loverro is a freelance writer who can be reached at dloverro@aol.com.

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