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Onelife Fitness center plans summer opening in Power & Light District

Updated: 2014-01-02T13:57:52Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

The Power & Light District has long planned for a full-service fitness center.

Now a vast empty space with a 27-foot ceiling and a wall of windows on one end is about to be filled.

Onelife Fitness is scheduling a late summer opening in space above Cosentino’s Downtown Market, at the northeast corner of 13th and Main streets.

The Power & Light District, developed by Cordish Cos., will be the first Midwest location for Onelife Fitness. The company has eight facilities in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The fitness club company was founded in 2009 by brothers Kirk and John Galiani. They have been in the fitness business since 1990, partnering in clubs in the U.S. and internationally under different brand names.

“It is an exciting project that the Cordish company has in Kansas City, and we are excited about working with them on this high-end club,” said Kirk Galiani. “We like how the downtown has been transformed and the new development in the area.”

The $5 million, 33,000-square-foot fitness center will have the latest equipment, along with a half basketball court and “spa-inspired” locker rooms with Italian tile, marble and granite.

The center will have three group exercise studios for yoga, high-energy and spinning classes. Group classes will include Zumba, Pilates, Bodypump, TRX and kickboxing.

Members of the P&L Onelife Fitness also will have access to the rooftop Jones Pool.

Membership fees have not been set for the Kansas City club. Onelife’s fees elsewhere typically run between $29.99 and $48.99 a month.

“You pay monthly, so we have to earn that fee every month,” said John Galiani.

More than 200 parking spaces are available in an adjacent garage for fitness center members and other users.

Onelife Fitness will also be adjacent to One Light, a 311-unit high-rise apartment building proposed by Cordish and scheduled to open in 2015 at 13th and Walnut streets.

The fitness center will bring the occupancy rate in the Power & Light entertainment and retail district to about 90 percent, Cordish said.

The developer had long planned a full-service fitness center as part of its lineup. But Nick Benjamin, executive director of the district, said the growth in the downtown residential and office population had only now reached the critical mass to support such a center.

Sean O’Byrne, vice president of business development for the Downtown Council of Kansas City, agreed.

“It will be a great attribute for downtown,” O’Byrne said. “With 20,000 residents, a health club of that size should do well.”

O’Byrne said the center also will complement other fitness center options in the downtown area, including the Quality Hill YMCA, which is about 20,000 square feet.

A new downtown YMCA also has been proposed on what is now mainly a surface parking lot on 10th Street and Grand Boulevard. The organization said it is in the early stages of fundraising and will build once the needed money has been raised.

Its plans call for a 100,000-square-foot building with three swimming pools, large gymnasiums, saunas and massage rooms, classrooms, a cafe, a teaching kitchen, meeting rooms, a rooftop garden and courtyard.

Besides offering fitness and aquatics, the downtown Y would offer programs aimed at promoting healthy living for children, teens, adults and families.

Still, some smaller downtown fitness centers are concerned about the increased competition from Onelife and a potential new Y.

“It could hurt us … and if the new Y comes in, there might be too many clubs,” said Nate Kohl, promotions specialist at Downtown Fitness Works at 922 Walnut St., which caters to workers in a two-block area.

The Star’s Kevin Collison contributed to this report. To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC.

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