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City welcomes 24 Hour Fitness | Federal Way letters

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Our city leaders and staff are working hard to encourage many new businesses into our city limits. 24 Hour Fitness is no exception. In fact, the last time I heard, the 24 Hour Fitness group appreciated all the help and assistance they were receiving and are eagerly pursuing the Albertsons location. It is true there are challenges with the zoning. But the city’s staff is working closely with 24 Hour Fitness to overcome these issues. The problem stems from the allowable footprint size of businesses in the (BN) Business Neighborhood zoning. Our city leaders have wisely limited the footprint of businesses in the (BN) zoning so Federal Way’s neighborhoods are not over-run with large box warehouses that bring semi-trucks at all hours of the night. This type of code is not put in place to discourage business. It is put in place to protect the neighborhoods and keep the residential areas residential. It will also encourage smaller businesses that will enhance our neighborhoods and not turn them into a concrete jungle.

Even though in the case of 24 Hour Fitness where it doesn’t fit the zoning code requirements, our city leaders and staff are working closely with them to look at every possible avenue for them to locate in the Albertsons building. This could mean a simple variance change or an amendment to the code that would allow fitness centers of this size to locate in neighborhoods. Whatever the final result is, I know our city leaders and staff are working hard to make the process as smooth and quick as possible for 24 Hour Fitness and will welcome them into our community.

Merle Pfeifer, Federal Way

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