Developers plan new fitness center on Rainbow grocery site

Developers plan new fitness center on Rainbow grocery site
Artist's rendering of proposed Fondren Fitness on Old Canton Road (Source: Wier Boerner Allin Architecture)

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The former Rainbow grocery on Old Canton Road at Lakeland Drive in Jackson’s Fondren area could soon be re-imagined as a modern fitness center.

Michael Boerner, a principal architect with Jackson’s Wier Boerner Allin Architecture, is part of an ownership group that closed on a deal to buy the building on Friday. He says the property is currently zoned C-2, a commercial classification that does not allow for fitness centers, so the group will need a special-use permit from the City of Jackson to move forward. If that effort is successful, Boerner says the facility could be up and running by the spring of 2019.

An artist’s rendering of what the new facility would look like shows an upper deck for exercise equipment like treadmills and stair-climbers. Boerner says it would be a loft-like area with windows giving exercisers an expansive view of Lakeland Drive. The overall facility, including the upper deck, would provide about 13,000 square feet of space.

Boerner, whose office sits just to the south of the shopping center that includes the Rainbow property, says the group also hopes to resurface the parking lot and install new lighting, noting that tens of thousands of drivers pass it on a daily basis.

According to its website, Wier Boerner Allin has designed a number of other high-profile facilities in the metro area, including the Brandon Amphitheater, Fine & Dandy restaurant, the Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, and The Blake at Flowood.

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