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LA Fitness Opening at Towson Commons

Construction has started for the 52,700 square foot facility.

American health club chain LA Fitness is opening a location at Towson Commons, at the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. 

"Towson Commons is the geographic center of downtown Towson," Councilman David Marks said in a news release. "This announcement not only redevelops a critical area of the commercial core, but it also means that revitalization is spreading to every part of downtown Towson."

Construction is already underway for the two-level, 52,700-square-foot facility, which will include the addition of windows on the side of Towson Commons facing York Road and a staircase with glass rails, said Fronda Cohen, a county spokeswoman. The opening date for the fitness center was not immediately known.

The location will feature basketball and racquet ball courts, a spin area with stadium levels, an indoor heated lap pool, whirlpool spa and saunas, personal trainers, and babysitting options, according to the release. Group fitness classes will include yoga, cycling, mat pilates, kickbox cardio and aqua aerobics.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz touted LA Fitness as the latest addition to development efforts in downtown Towson, which also includes the Towson Square entertainment center, the construction of more than 1,500 luxury apartment over the last four years and new businesses coming to the Towson City Center.

"It's truly Towson's Time. We are thrilled that LA Fitness is bringing new energy back to Towson Commons," Kamenetz said in the release. "This is a great location in the heart of downtown Towson, convenient for workers, students and residents."

Bally Total Fitness, which was acquired by LA Fitness in 2011, had a location nearby at 1 E. Joppa Road that closed late February.

D Schmid April 01, 2013 at 07:44 PM
When LA took over from Bally, everyone had to sign new contracts. I'm wondering if there is something in the contract that would prevent me from using the new club. I'd better get out my magnifying glass and read the small print. I still smell a rat.
RTBalt April 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
I didn't have to switch contracts (i.e. from Bally's to LA Fitness); mine was grandfathered. I didn't cancel when Towson Circle closed; after reading this I'm glad I kept the membership.
D Schmid April 01, 2013 at 10:32 PM
I read the fine print on the contract. Under Membership types: Note: If you are an existing Bally member with a "local" Bally membership or "National" Bally membership, that membership will be honored to provide you with access to the acquired Bally club locations and the LA Fitness in your state of enrollment (for "local") or in all states (for "National). However, access does NOT include current or future clubs designated as "Signature" or "Athletic" clubs. Future club locations or brands may be excluded at the discretion of LA Fitness. Wanna bet the new club with be either a Signature or Athletic club? If so, it doesn't matter what type of membership you have.
Tara Gebhardt October 09, 2013 at 01:03 PM
D Schmid: I work on the same block as the new club, and I just talked to the manager to be. Right now they're running a no-sign-up fee $29.99/mo. special if you sign up in October 2013. The manager's name is Mike and his email is: mikegrosland@yahoo.com - I don't feel bad about posting his name or info here since it's on the fliers they've been distributing to passers by. Club opens late December 2013. Hours will be 5am-11pm. As someone who works on the same block, I think I may jump on this rate, as I'd much rather walk to the gym before or after work than drive to the gym I currently belong to that's by my house. I used to belong to the Bally's at the circle long ago, and I loved even going for a 20-min lunch-time run (as long as my afternoon was meeting-free so I could be a sweaty mess alone in my office). Good luck!
Bermet Jumabaeva March 03, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Me and my husband have been a members of Bally Fitness at Towson, after LA Fitness bought the club and we became a members of LA fitness at Towson. But unfortunately they closed this location at the end of 2012 and we decided to cancel our memberships. And here our problems started: - LA Fitness have very complicated cancellation policy. You have to complete online form and send it via post office to their corporate. And then it will go thru. It’s sounds easy but it is not. Their website sucks, you need to spend a lot of time to complete the form and spend your money and time to go to post office. You need to make sure that you send your letter with certified service, otherwise you cannot proof anything. It's been a one year and they were still charging my husband’s card for membership. We tried to call and explain our situation but they didn't do anything for us. Think twice before opening a membership with them.

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