Oct. 2011: Signs point to LA Fitness at vacant Home Depot site in Cottage GroveThere is nothing formal yet, but city officials have said they expect a development proposal for the site this fall.
An anchor tenant for the redevelopment of the city of Cottage Grove’s largest vacant retail space has begun advertising to prospective customers, but city officials say there has been no formal proposal yet and no word of a completed sale.
Health club chain LA Fitness has installed a sign at the busy intersection of 80th Street and East Point Douglas Road near a vacant former Home Depot announcing its arrival in the city in 2012. City officials have said they expect a formal development proposal for the site this fall. The building has sat vacant since the home improvement chain closed its local store in 2008.
Messages left with the LA Fitness corporate office seeking comment on the company’s plans in Cottage Grove were not returned.
Brad Butler, general manager of the company’s Oakdale gym, also declined to confirm whether LA Fitness would be opening in Cottage Grove.
“We’re not allowed to comment on it at this time,” Butler said recently. “We’re hearing, if there’s anything, it’s a few months out.”
City officials have been meeting with the developer working to purchase the site. Economic Development Director Danette Parr said recently plans would “likely break the site up with LA Fitness taking up a portion of it and some other users taking up the remainder of it.”
A 2008 proposal from a Minneapolis developer that would have included a Gold’s Gym fell through when the Cottage Grove City Council declined to move up its timetable for development in the area of the abandoned Majestic Ballroom on West Point Douglas Road. The developer, Anxon, Inc., had asked city officials to spend millions of dollars to extend city water to the area years ahead the city’s staged development plan.