As readers may remember, the St. James Group approached Alexandria, Virginia about building a massive wellness complex in the Eisenhower Valley at Hensley Park (see above). The group nixed the plans after the City realized there was a covenant on the property (which makes the T.C. Williams Lights covenant and the City’s apparent willingness to break that one more puzzling – but, that’s for another post).
Now the complex is looking to open in Springfield.
Nearly two years after its bid to open a kitchen sink-type health and wellness facility on public parkland in Alexandria was scuttled, a pair of Washington-area athletes has returned with a similar mega plan for an industrial site in Fairfax County.
The 436,000-square-foot St. James Sports and Wellness Complex, to be located in the 6800 block of Industrial Road in Springfield, will have everything, according to an application for a special permit filed with Fairfax planning and zoning on May 27.
Spa? Check. Personal training center and yoga studios? Check and check. Golf simulators, ice rinks, sports therapy, basketball, volleyball, squash, batting cages, indoor field house, gymnastics floor, rock climbing wall and obstacle course? Eleven checks. Laser tag? Oh, yeah. Multi-purpose rooms, meeting rooms, retail and food service? Naturally.
Read more at this link.