Plans to relocate a boxing fitness club to a three-story downtown building adjacent to the proposed campus at 40 Complex have been approved by the Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission.
If a conditional use permit is approved by the Elgin City Council, Eric Arevalo, owner of Pro Boxing Fitness, will move the business from 5 S. Spring St. Elgin Senior Planner Damir Latinovich told the commission that the site will move to a much larger building at 30 DuPage Court. this week.
Known as the Healy Building, the three-story, Art Moderne-style structure is the former Block & Kuhl department store and dates back to 1941. A five-story building at 40 is adjacent to the campus that has been converted into 40 units. Apartment complex with commercial space on the ground floor.
The new space will allow Arevalo to quadruple its square footage and expand its membership, offering a larger free weight area and more space in the post-Covid-19 era, Latinovich said.
Pro Boxing offers Olympic-style boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, strength and conditioning workouts, personal training and self-defense classes for adults and children, he said. Group exercise classes are limited to 20 participants.
A boxing ring will be set up on the first floor, but no contests will be held, Latinovich said.
“We’ve outgrown our space, which is only 2,200 square feet right now, so we’re looking to expand into a bigger space,” Arevalo told the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday.
For children’s and adults’ rooms and a waiting area for parents, the facility needs more square footage, he said.
“You’re going from 2,000 to 8,000 square feet. It’s really fun to grow up like that,” said Commissioner Karin Jones, who wants the trail behind the building to be better maintained.
DuPage Court, between Douglas and Spring streets, is at the heart of Elgin’s downtown district, and officials have cited the campus at 40 development as a boost to the area’s growth.
Permit applications submitted for $11.3 million residential/commercial project. The city is contributing $3.15 million to the TIF for the development.
Gloria Casas is a freelance reporter for The Courier-News.