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YMCA Expansion Has Local Fitness Clubs Concerned [AUDIO]

YMCA expansion raises concerns with local area fitness clubs. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)

SARTELL — With the planned construction of a new YMCA Aquatic and Community Center, some local fitness club owners are raising concerns.

Recent plans have said that along with a new Aquatic Center, the Y will also be adding additional facilities that owners say may harm their businesses.

Fitness Evelution owner Brad Kloss says he, Snap Fitness, and some of the other 37 area fitness centers, have concerns in what the Y expansion could do to the area fitness market.

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Multiple area fitness centers have been voicing their concerns to the area city councils.

While Kloss and the other fitness clubs are in favor of an aquatic center, their main concern is what they say is an insufficient need for another fitness center (weight room, personal training, group classes, etc.) in a market that already has enough competition.

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The total cost for the aquatics Center is expected to be more than $20 million. Kloss says he would like the area city councils to take a second look at the overall fitness needs in the metro area, before adding to an already competitive market.

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Construction of the new YMCA facility is scheduled to begin in 2015. The city of St. Cloud is chipping in $10 million, with their money coming from the half-cent sales tax dollars.

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