Union Fitness rendering. Image courtesy of Perkins Eastman.

Nova Place has given companies, organizations and retailers a place to call home since it took over the former site of Allegheny Center. Now the massive space is giving potential tenants another reason to consider the North Side with the opening of Union Fitness.

Designed by the Perkins Eastman architecture firm, the 10,000-square-foot gym facility features a variety of resources to keep members fit. Besides the usual cardio equipment and weights, it boasts a 1,500-square-foot yoga and spin studio, and a 3,000-square-foot group training room. Other perks include locker rooms, fully-stocked showers, and massage rooms.

“The fact that any of the employees working at Nova Place can walk down to Union Fitness at any time during the day to get a treadmill workout in or take a yoga class is undeniably beneficial for the health and well-being of the community as a whole,” says Union Fitness fitness manager Casey Williams.

Union Fitness rendering. Image courtesy of Perkins Eastman.

The gym marks the latest phase of development in what’s considered the second largest urban renewal project in the nation. Over the past year, the New York-based real estate developer Faros Properties has spent over $200 million transforming the 1.5 million-square-foot property—which includes a mall, two office towers, a parking garage and four apartment buildings—into a mixed-use complex.

Nova Place now houses tenants such as Innovation Works and the Alloy 26 co-working space, as well as a La Prima Espresso location.

The on-site gym, with its ample parking and month-to-month memberships, should appeal to Nova Place tenants looking for a convenient, flexible place to work out. Union Fitness will also offer discounted membership rates to all Nova Place employees and residents.

General memberships start from $39 and include complimentary classes, towel and shampoo services, and admission to monthly nutrition seminars. The special group training rate, which ranges in cost from $139 to $149 per month, includes unlimited spin, yoga and group training classes. Union Fitness will also offer a $20 introductory price to potential members who want to try the gym out first.

Williams believes that Union Fitness could benefit the Nova Place community and the surrounding neighborhood.

“Our job, as I see it, is to provide a means for fitness and health education to anyone who seeks us out,” says Williams, who adds that they aim to become an integral part of the neighborhood by hosting events that would bring Nova Place workers and local residents together.

Union Fitness will host a grand opening weekend event on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12.

Amanda Waltz

Amanda Waltz is a freelance journalist and film critic whose work has appeared locally in numerous publications. She writes for The Film Stage and is the founder and editor of Steel Cinema, a blog dedicated...