Thirty years after he opened his chiropractic clinic in Fort Macleod, Dr. Alan Poytress is about to make another dream become a reality.
Fort Macleod Municipal Planning Commission last week issued Poytress a development permit for a 4,680 sq. ft. health facility and fitness centre.
“I’ve always been interested in physical fitness, and there has always been a lack of this type of facility in Fort Macleod,” Poytress said. “I think there is a great demand for it. It gives us an opportunity for us to tie in our clinic, which is obviously long-term health related, to an asset for the community.”
The facility, which is estimated to cost more than $400,000, will be built on two lots on 25th Street near Chinook Dental Clinic and behind the bottle depot.
In addition to the chiropractic office, the facility will have a weight room, 2,000 sq. ft. hardwood floor and space for other professional offices.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Poytress said. “This is certainly a significant long-term commitment to the community.”
Downstairs there will be 4,000 sq. ft. of open space that will house the weights, a cross-fit facility and a climbing cave.
“We may cordon off a meeting room down there, that might double as a place where you could do a spin class or something like that,” Poytress said. “Other than that it’s going to be all weights downstairs.
The main floor will have 2,400 sq. ft. for the chiropractic and other offices.
There will be a 2,000 sq. ft. hardwood dance floor that can be divided into two 1,000 sq. ft. separate rooms.
Poytress is excited to be adding to the fitness opportunities in Fort Macleod.
“I see an opportunity to help people have a healthier lifestyle,” Poytress said.
Fort Macleod residents in recent years have shown an interest in active lifestyles that encouraged Poytress to move his development forward.
“I think the mindset of the people in town has changed tremendously over the last 10 years,” Poytress said. “You see a lot more people walking and cycling and being physically active than you used to.”
Exercise programs at the Welcome Mat and the walking program at the community hall are examples of the new interest in fitness.
“We’re just trying to add to that,” Poytress said.
The chiropractic office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The gym will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Construction will begin soon.
“We want to get it enclosed before the snow flies,” Poytress said. “If the tradespeople have some time, we’ll get it going.”
Three decades after he first came to Fort Macleod, Poytress has confidence in the community’s future and would like other businesses to follow his lead.
“I hope so,” Poytress said of his development as a sign for others to invest in Fort Macleod.