BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer email@example.com
Showing members a little love, owners of the In-Shape Laurel Glen health club in southwest Bakersfield have revised a planned remodel, preserving 10 instead of eight of the former tennis club's 15 courts.
The Bakersfield Planning Commission is expected to approve a zone change allowing the project and a revised site map for the club, reducing proposed expanded parking from 245 to 202 spaces and doing away with a proposed mezzanine in a new fitness building.
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The Bakersfield Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall council chambers, 1501 Truxtun Ave. Meetings also may be viewed live on cable channel KGOV. Past meetings can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/qfatap5.
"The outdoor aquatic center is the same as proposed," said Michelle Clark, an In-Shape spokeswoman, of plans that also include a 3,779-square-foot adult pool, a 784-square-foot children's pool, and a new outdoor spa. "The mezzanine is going away, so there may need to be some things we don't do as much of, because it is 12,000 square feet less."
The new fitness building will be reduced from 40,704 to 28,459 square feet, but a member with a tennis racket interviewed outside In-Shape said she's happiest about the 10 courts saved.
"I'm glad they're not getting rid of as many courts as they had planned. It's like I became a member, and they're getting rid of half the courts," said Becky Powers, who joined the club about a year and a half ago. "I think part of the appeal is you come here, and you can always get a court."
The commission also is expected to approve the further subdivision of Seven Oaks Business Park, on the south side of Bolthouse Drive about 900 feet west of Buena Vista Drive, also in the southwest.
Bolthouse Development Company, which owns the property, immediately west of the new Houchin Community Blood Bank, wants to divide 7 acres into five parcels of about 1 acre each -- plus a little extra for streets.
Seneca Resources Corp., the state's seventh largest oil producer as of last year, is in escrow on one parcel, and will break ground on administrative offices there during the first half of 2014, Bolthouse Vice President Stephan DeBranch said. Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, which already is building a 60,000-square-foot headquarters at 11500 Bolthouse Drive, is in escrow on another of the five 1-acre parcels, where it plans to build an information technology building.