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Sedgwick Properties Delivers New 43,000-Square-Foot Fitness Facility in Chicago’s Gage Park Neighborhood

CHICAGO (April 21, 2016) – Chicago-based developer Sedgwick Properties has announced the completion of its newest retail project – a 43,000-square-foot LA Fitness athletic club in Chicago’s Gage Park community.

Located at 55th Street and Kedzie Avenue, the LA Fitness club is the latest commercial development in an area that is already home to many national retailers, including Walgreen’s, Wendy’s, Marquette Bank, Pete’s Fresh Market, T-Mobile, McDonald’s, and a Bank of America branch.

“We are proud to partner with LA Fitness to add to the growing revitalization of a key commercial district in Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood,” said Marty Paris, president of Sedgwick Properties. “LA Fitness is the only full-service gym within a 1-mile radius of its location, so the foot traffic generated by the facility will be a significant incentive for even more commercial development in the community. The gym should pull people from a number of surrounding communities who are drawn to the club’s long list of amenities.”

LA Fitness is one of the fastest-growing health club chains in the U.S., with more than 650 locations in 29 states and Canada. With a nationwide network, LA Fitness prides itself on offering its members state-of-the-art facilities, a wide range of amenities and a personal experience centered on its expert staff, who are dedicated to warmly greeting and enthusiastically serving its members. More than a gym, LA Fitness provides the core for a healthy lifestyle by offering members online daily fitness tips and healthy recipes. The new Gage Park facility is open seven days a week, and features a club-like atmosphere with a free weight area and cardio center complete with the latest training equipment, swimming pool, basketball court, multiple fitness studios offering a host of classes, personal training, indoor cycling, locker rooms with saunas and whirlpool spas, and a "Kids Klub" childcare service. LA Fitness also partners with various corporate wellness programs.

Located two miles east of Midway Airport and a short walk south of the CTA Kedzie stop on the Orange Line, the Gage Park club is LA Fitness’ 13th location in Chicago.

“The addition of this LA Fitness location benefits both the neighborhood and the city,” said Paris. “It provides Gage Park residents with an easily accessible fitness club close to where they live and work, while bringing tax revenue to the city from a site that long stood unoccupied.”

The facility is located in the 14th Ward, an area served by Alderman Ed Burke, who praised the development for the positive effect it will have on the surrounding community.

“On behalf of the residents of the 14th Ward, I am pleased to welcome LA Fitness to the Gage Park community,” said Alderman Edward M. Burke. “The opening of this large facility at 55th and Kedzie will not only provide local residents with more fitness options and new job opportunities, but also make this bustling corner even more attractive to future businesses looking to locate in the area.”

As part of the redevelopment of the site, Sedgwick utilized a preexisting parking structure and underground pedestrian tunnel to provide LA Fitness members with direct access to covered and secured complimentary parking.

With experience developing residential, commercial and mixed-use properties across Chicago, Sedgwick Properties is currently active in numerous city neighborhoods, including Bucktown, Wicker Park, Old Town and Gage Park. As with all of its projects, Sedgwick served as the designer, developer and general contractor for the facility.

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