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Life Time fitness to build twelfth club in Shenandoah

February 28, 2019 GMT

Life Time Fitness is coming to Shenandoah.

The Shenandoah City Council on Wednesday approved a special use permit for an 11-acre site on Six Pines Drive between Lake Front Circle and Research Forest Drive that will eventually become a mixed-use residential, retail and fitness development anchored by the high-end resort-style athletic club.

“The demographic and the lifestyle exhibited by this community exemplify the vision of our healthy way of life company,” said Megan Eaton, Life Time’s real estate development manager.

The club will be the 12th in the greater Houston area and the site as a whole will feature a tennis club, 600 multi-family units with built-in club memberships and ground-floor retail space.

The $130 million project, Eaton said, will create more than 230 full- and part-time jobs in the community and has the potential to bring in more than $1 million in sales tax every year.

The proposal did draw its challenges from some on the council — including Byron Bevers, who argued that an additional 600 or more cars coming into the adjacent intersection could cause a traffic issue.

“For a community our size, it’s just a lot,” Bevers said.

Eaton said Life Time officials hope to start work on the site this summer and have a club in the location within two years. The residential and retail side are due to follow a year later.

The council also approved a special use permit for Killen’s Steakhouse, which is set to open by April 1 at the former Bob’s Steak & Chop House location on Research Forest Drive.

Election day

Election filing period closed for Shenandoah in mid-February with Council Members Byron Bevers, Ted Fletcher and Charlie Bradt up for election.

For Position 2, Fletcher is being challenged by local resident Andrea Konzem.

In Position 4, Bradt is running unopposed.

Bevers declined to file for re-election; the only candidate running for Position 3 is Planning and Zoning Commission member Dean Gristy.

Shenandoah’s municipal election is scheduled for May 4.

Airbnbs in the future

The council discussed, but took no action on, amending its residential use ordinances to prohibit short-term rentals in the city. As it stands, rentals are allowed in a “non-transient” manner.

“It addresses them in an off-hand way,” said City Attorney William Ferebee. “It can be more defined and certain that they’re not allowed, and define non-transient.”

The code was written in 2011, before short-term rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway become popular, Mayor Ritch Wheeler said, but with four homes registered on the sites — two of them as long-term rentals — enough of a problem doesn’t exist right now to address it.

Shenandoah Chief of Police Raymond Shaw reported that it’s been a year since any major incident happened at a rental home.

“I’m not a fan litigating problems that don’t exist,” Wheeler said.