RALEIGH — Construction has begun on a 112,000-square foot health club that will replace the Falls Golf Complex in North Raleigh.
Life Time Fitness bought the property located off Falls of Neuse Road just south of Interstate 540 late last year for $5 million though the plans for the club have been in the works for years.
The new club is expected to open by mid-2015, with a preview center available for prospective members in fall of 2014, said Natalie Bushaw, a Life Time spokeswoman.
The two-story club will include a gym with fitness classes, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a cafe and children’s center.
Life Time already has two clubs in Raleigh and one each in Apex and Cary. Monthly prices at Life Time Fitness clubs vary, from about $50 for a single membership to about $130 for a family.
Benny Dean, one of three co-owners of the golf complex, said he was glad to sell to a company that will continue to offer a fitness option to city residents.
The driving range, which closed this fall, had been open since 1970. Dean and co-owners Roger Cawiezell and John Dougher bought the golf complex in 1990.
“We're really excited about who is going to own this property that is special to us,” he said.
Dean said that when Life Time showed interest in the property several years ago, he and his partners decided to move forward with the deal because they thought the company’s proposed development was one of the few plans likely to win city approval.
The site is located in the watershed for Falls Lake, the city’s primary source of drinking water.
To win city approval, the company offered two stormwater management plans: one that would pump the water away from the site and another that would use an irrigation system to filter the water through the site.
Officials opted for the pump system. The City Council approved the plan for the site last June.
At the club, surface water runoff will first go through landscape components known as bioswales that filter out soil, gravel and other vegetation. The water then will be detained for several days before it its pumped away from the site.