EllisDon to build $14M Orleans fitness club
By Peter Kovessy, Ottawa Business Journal Staff
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST
65,000-square-foot building part of new Trinity/RioCan development
Construction is slated to begin shortly on a two-storey east-end fitness club, one of four anchor tenants in a new Orleans commercial development that will total as much as 350,000 square feet when completed in 2010.
The London, Ont.-based Athletic Club Group has hired EllisDon Corp. to construct its first Ottawa facility, a $14-million, 65,000-square-foot building featuring two pools, a gymnasium and other amenities.
The company has said it hopes to open the Orleans location at Innes Road and Belcourt Boulevard in 2010 and has plans to start construction on another facility in the Ottawa Train Yards shopping district this August. The Athletic Club presently has seven facilities and has previously said it would like to open five locations in the nation's capital.
"The economy in Ottawa is much more favourable than other parts of Ontario," said company president Alan Quesnel in a written statement.
Along with the fitness club, the new commercial shopping centre will feature a Lowe's home improvement centre, a CIBC, Empire Theatres and smaller retail tenants in spaces ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 square feet, said Philip Currie, vice-president of leasing at Trinity Developments. Trinity is building the shopping centre in a joint venture with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.
Mr. Currie said construction is underway on the Lowe's and CIBC, both of which will likely open in early autumn. Construction on the Empire Theatres should start soon, and will hopefully be completed in time for the Christmas season, added Mr. Currie.
Each of the larger anchor tenants is responsible for their own construction contracting. The respective spokespeople for the three companies were unable to immediately provide details about their projects.