Under-construction office building pays homage to razed pool complex
Developers are seeking a tenant willing to dive into an under-construction office building on a property that once housed a popular indoor pool.
The office building, at 2301 Harrisburg Pike, is the third structure planned for Golden Meadows Park in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County. The 11.5-acre campus currently has a 41,000-square-foot building containing a Gold's Gym and a few smaller businesses, as well as a 13,000-square-foot building housing a Chesterbrook Academy preschool.
Crews broke ground on the third, 12,000-square-foot building in August. Its two-story design might look familiar to locals who enjoyed taking a dip at the public pool in their youth; the architecture will mimic that of the Golden Meadows indoor pool building that stood on the campus from 1965 to 2008.
Developers Mike Kellam and Don Anderson bought the Golden Meadows property in 2004, intending to keep its pools open and build their fitness center, called Workouts, next door. The swim club, though, fell on hard times amid rising competition from nonprofit pool clubs, and, despite attempts from community volunteers to save it, Kellam and Anderson had to raze the indoor pool building in 2008 to make way for more profitable development.
Workouts also hit a financial wall during the recession as chains like Planet Fitness and LA Fitness entered the market, Kellam said. They leased that space in 2008 to a Gold's Gym franchisee.
The building under construction now will sit in the same footprint as the old indoor pool building, between the Gold's building and Chesterbrook, which is in the space last occupied by the Golden Meadows outdoor pool.
This new building will have a "'70s, kind of retro look," Kellam said, paying homage to the one the developers had to demolish in 2008 with its sloped roof, large windows and second-story deck. The construction will cost about $2 million, Kellam said.
Kellam and Anderson do not yet have a tenant for the space but think its location, a half-mile from Lancaster General Health's Suburban Pavilion, would make it a good candidate for medical offices. Other uses, from a restaurant to a place of worship, are also possible under the community business center zoning. They are hoping for one large tenant, but could accommodate four.
Kellam and Anderson hope to have the building ready for a tenant or tenants to buy or lease by January, with the tenants having the option to design the layout of the interior walls.
Kellam expects the new space will be the last large structure to go up on the property, although the campus could eventually add a cellphone tower and a small building like a bank branch. Kellam hopes to maintain as much green space as possible throughout the 11.5-acre complex.