Life Time Fitness will present revised plan to Lake Zurich March 5

  • Life Time Fitness has revised its plan to build a luxury fitness center on the former Hackney's property at 880 N. Old Rand Road in Lake Zurich.

    Life Time Fitness has revised its plan to build a luxury fitness center on the former Hackney's property at 880 N. Old Rand Road in Lake Zurich. Daily Herald file photo

 
 

Life Time Fitness is ready to give it another try in Lake Zurich.

Just over a month after the village's planning and zoning commission voted 5-1 recommending against the plan for a three-story, 58-foot-tall luxury fitness center on the former Hackney's restaurant site at 880 N. Old Rand Road, the Minnesota-based company will return with a revised proposal, according to a village news release Monday.

Life Time representatives will give a presentation on the new plan to the village board March 5 and to the planning and zoning commission March 21.

The biggest change involves reducing the project height to a two-story, 40-foot-tall building. Life Time's proposal calls for "a significant amount" of programming space underground to reduce the overall building height, the village news release said.

Another big change is directing traffic toward Rand Road instead of Old Rand Road. The plan also calls for a larger landscape buffer between the building and the surrounding neighborhood.

Sarosh Saher, the village's community development director, said Life Time's most recent changes are the largest made to the plan so far. Saher said Life Time reached out to village officials last week to say they were still interested in building on the former Hackney's site.

"They find the Hackney's property is still the most suitable for them to locate at," Saher said.

Life Time submitted its plan in August 2017 and has made many smaller changes to it after receiving feedback from residents. Life Time has gradually moved the building's location closer to the southwest corner of the nearly 11-acre property to be farther from residences.

Saher said Life Time representatives have submitted technical plans, preliminary engineering plans and a revised traffic study to the village.

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