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YWCA moves fitness unit to Ulrich center

The YWCA of Niagara became the third tenant in Ulrich City Centre when its relocated fitness center opened in the Main Street complex Saturday.

The members-only center moved from the Old Post Office two blocks away and bought some new workout equipment for its new site, fitness director Marianne Harzewski said.

City Centre, being built by Ulrich Development Co., is on the former South Block at 80 Main St. The $5 million project is to contain 13 commercial spaces when it is completed.

Landlord David L. Ulrich said, "It's great to see an organization like the YWCA dedicated to being a part of the renaissance of downtown Lockport. While many organizations don't feel a sense of community pride, [Executive Director] Kathy Granchelli should be commended for choosing a downtown site."

"We had too much space we weren't using. We thought this was a chance to be seen. We were in a basement," said Pat O'Rielly, YWCA vice president for operations. "We think [City Centre] is really going to take off, and we want to be part of it."

Harzewski said the fitness center offers classes in Pilates, low-impact aerobics and step-training. The facility is open to women only and requires users to be members of the YWCA, which costs $35 a year. Extra fees are charged for each workout.

The center offers 13 pieces of cardiovascular workout equipment and eight weight machines, plus free weights. It opens every weekday at 4:45 a.m. and stays open until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 p.m. on Fridays.

Weekend hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 8 to 11 a.m. Sundays.

The fitness center joins Wilhelm & Ashe Floristry and Blue Door Salon as tenants in City Centre.

Meanwhile, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency announced that a 15-year property tax abatement for City Centre will be the topic of a special IDA board meeting at 9 a.m. Feb. 27.

Approval of the application at the Jan. 12 meeting was invalidated because a notice sent to the city contained wrong figures for the amounts of each year's tax break.

Once the mistake was caught about two weeks ago, a 30-day notice of the correct figures was required, which was why the item had to be excluded from the IDA's regular board meeting coming up Thursday.

e-mail: tprohaska@buffnews.com

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