Commission approves plans for new gym

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This land at 1188 New Haven Road is where developer Tom Haynes plans to build a new, larger Planet Fitness. -REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
This land at 1188 New Haven Road is where developer Tom Haynes plans to build a new, larger Planet Fitness. -REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

NAUGATUCK — Plans for a new gym on New Haven Road have received the go-ahead from the Zoning Commission.

Seymour-based developer Tom Haynes, who owns of 1224 New Haven Road LLC, plans to build a new 17,000-square-foot Planet Fitness and additional parking at 1186 and 1188 New Haven Road, a 15.18 acre lot.

In the past, the property had been used as a driving range and a drive-in movie theater.

There is currently a 10,000-square-foot Planet Fitness gym, which Haynes owns, on the property. According to the site plans, the gym would move into the new building and a new tenant would be found for the current building.

The commission approved the plans in September with three conditions. Haynes must develop wording for a conservation easement on the property and have it approved by the borough attorney. Sidewalks must be put in in front of the current building and the proposed new building within 18 months. The current Planet Fitness building must also be painted. Currently the building is painted yellow and purple, which are Planet Fitness’ colors.

Haynes said in the application if he receives all the appropriate approvals from the borough, he expects the project to start sometime in the fall and wrap up in the winter of 2016.