Council made a unanimous decision on Tuesday (Nov.13) to purchase land that included a building for the Fort Gymnastics Club.
 
The land purchase includes two buildings. The recreational building (formerly JohnnyB Fitt) will be renovated for the purpose of gymnastics programming which the Fort Gymnastics Club will lease from the city.
 
Purchasing the lot cost council $1.3 million, while the full cost of renovation is estimated at approximately $1.7 million with funds coming from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grants.
 
"People want to know that there are facilities, amenities and recreation clubs available to them if that's what their children or they themselves as adults are into. So it's very important that we took a step forward," said mayor Gale Katchur.

Council also approved a one-time operating grant of $37,200 to assist the Fort Gymnastics Club with short-term facility needs during the transition period.
 
The city's goal is to have the club operating out of the building by September of 2019.
 
The second building includes a pharmacy and a medical practice.
 

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