Life Time submits plan to open new fitness center in Castle Pines
By Chris Michlewicz; renderings courtesy of Life Time
A proposal to build a Life Time fitness center in Castle Pines could spur the start of more commercial and retail development on the City’s east side.
The company submitted a site improvement plan for city review on October 22 for Life Time at The Canyons, a 109,000 square-foot health and wellness center that’s expected to employ more than 200 people.
If approved, the two-story building will be constructed on 13.8 acres on the southeast corner of Castle Pines Parkway and Canyonside Boulevard – east of I-25 – with a tentative opening date in the first quarter of 2024.
As part of the site improvement plan, Life Time proposed a salon and spa, private massage rooms, a café and lounge, parking for electric vehicles, a basketball court, physical therapy, chiropractic services, and studios for yoga, cycling, pilates and barre. An outdoor resort-style pool offers a lap pool, a leisure pool with waterslides, deck, cabanas, and a poolside bistro. Proposed amenities for kids include a gym, multi-purpose room, art and tutoring classrooms, and a designated toddler area.
If the proposal and subsequent development plans are approved by the City’s Planning Commission and City Council, it will be the sixth Life Time location in the Denver area; construction would begin in the third quarter of 2022.
“Life Time seeks to develop in fast growing, affluent communities where health, knowledge and relationships are valued,” according to a project narrative submitted to the City by the company. “Castle Pines is a young, energetic community where health and well-being are central to daily living and The Canyons is a development that supports these ideals.”
The company promotes healthy living throughout its locations’ communities, partnering with local schools to offer kids activities, programs and camps as well as parties and fundraisers. They include family-friendly 5Ks and a daddy-daughter dance.
Castle Pines previously approved 2.1 million square feet of commercial development in The Canyons. City Manager Michael Penny said he believes residual businesses will want to be a part of the development now that word is out about Life Time’s intent to move to the area.
“I truly believe this is a game-changer for this community, and especially for the commercial mixed-use area on the east side of town,” he said.