A California company wants to open an expansive athletic club unlike anything else in the Treasure Valley on an 8-acre parcel at Eagle Road and Ustick in Meridian.
The plans for Villasport Athletic Club and Spa include four indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two 26-foot-high water slides, whirlpool lounges with saunas and steam rooms, an NBA-regulation basketball court, more than 120 cardio exercise machines and more than 180 group exercise classes a week, according to an application filed with the city of Meridian.
The two-story club would also offer massages, body treatments, facials, waxing, spray tanning, manicures and pedicures. A cafe will serve meals, snacks and drinks, including alcoholic beverages.
“Focusing on families, VillaSport offers a concierge approach to member service with a full calendar of fitness, sports, social and educational programs and events for all ages,” Tamara Thompson, director of client services for The Land Group of Eagle, wrote in the application.
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VillaSport, based in San Rafael, California, operates clubs in Colorado; Texas; San Jose, California; and Beaverton, Oregon. It attracts a high-end clientele.
Membership dues at the Oregon club, located across from Nike’s world headquarters, are $142 per month for an adult, $217 for a couple, $246 for a couple with one child, and $275 for a couple with two children.
The Treasure Valley Family YMCA charges $43.90 for one person, $60.90 for a couple and $74.90 for a family. Axiom Fitness charges $20 to $30 per person, depending on an individual plan.
The building would include 99,000 square feet of space. A children’s area will feature an indoor play tower, a multi-purpose sports court and an outdoor play area, along with art and dance studios, a quiet room for infants and a play area for toddlers.
A commercial development on a 3-acre parcel on the Eagle Road side would be added after the athletic club gets built. It would include a building with 15,300 square feet for retail businesses.
The application does not mention how many people would be employed at the club. A news release in May for a VillaSport club under construction in Roseville, California, outside Sacramento, said the company anticipates hiring up to 250 full-time and part-time employees when that 130,000-square-foot club opens next spring.
The Meridian club’s developer, Sadie Creek Commons of Las Vegas, needs a conditional-use permit to operate an athletic club and spa on the property. It must obtain approval to operate its proposed hours: daily from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. Outdoor activities are proposed to take place from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Outdoor live music, which would take place within 100 feet of nearby houses, would cease by 9 p.m.
Phone calls to the company and to the developer on Friday were not immediately returned.
A hearing before the Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.
Plans for the health club were first reported by BoiseDev.com.