Imagine this proposal coming to your city’s leaders in today’s awful economic environment: Build a privately financed, state-of-the-art health club near downtown and adjacent to a rising heritage neighborhood with three stories of affordable senior housing on top.
Well, there is such a proposal surrounding Santa Rosa’s long-delayed Railroad Square SMART project. And it should be warmly and emphatically welcomed.
The first thing to understand is that this is not your ordinary health club.
Clubsource Development Partners, whose Club One facility in Petaluma has been a smashing success, sees itself as both a health club and a community partner, providing recreation opportunities that cash-strapped cities can no longer provide. It even sees having senior housing above a health club as an opportunity to innovate around easy yoga or other exercise programs for our elderly citizens.