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LA Fitness Expands Beyond Norwalk

WILTON, Conn. – The LA Fitness on Route 7 will be building a new spinning room, thanks to the Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission .

The commission Monday night agreed unanimously to allow the health club to build a 12,000-square-foot expansion with 4,338 square feet of that space stretching across the Norwalk border and into Wilton.

The Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission had already approved the expansion for LA Fitness , Wilton Town Planner Bob Nerney said. But i.park, the owners of the property, also needed permission from Wilton.

The commission and i.park officials also discussed several concerns. Attorney James D’Alton Murphy from Gregory and Adams, which represented i.park, said, “all of the matters are addressed” in a response letter from building designer Steve Pustola of Pustola & Associates.

Part of the work includes rebuilding the parking area displaced by the expansion, including the handicapped spaces. The club's entrance is on the other side of where these spaces would be located. But Pustola said the main entrance was too busy. “You really do not want a wheelchair traversing in that area, so the thought was to try and get it adjacent to the proposed wing,” he said.

Commission member Marilyn Gould was concerned that an influx of users would flood the club because of the added wing.

The Norwalk LA Fitness reported to Lynne Ward, executive director of National RE/sources, a company working with i.park, that the health club has 4,500 members, not users. “People don’t come. They prefer to join a health club shortly after Thanksgiving and then don’t come,” Ward said. She said the number of users fluctuates, most coming during the holidays and winter with the number dropping during the summer.

The LA Fitness already includes a swimming pool, spa, aerobics, yoga, cardio equipment and free weight center.

The commission Monday also approved a waiver for no open spaces in a three-lot subdivision at 2 Quiet Lake Lane and 144 Huckleberry Hill Road. Open spaces are pieces of undeveloped land kept as protected space – meaning development there is unlikely in the near future.

The waiver was granted, with a provision that if the subdivision plans development in the future that open space be reconsidered and allowed.

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