North Thurston Public Schools offers to buy former Bally’s Fitness Center

The North Thurston School Board will discuss a proposed purchase of the former Bally’s Fitness Center building and property at 200 Sleater-Kinney Road Northeast at its meeting on Tuesday night.

According to background materials provided to the School Board, the district’s offer of $2.2 million was accepted by the seller, Fitness & Sports Clubs LLC of Delaware, which acquired the title as Fitness International LLC of California. It includes a 65,292 square-foot building and 3.22 acres, and is next door to North Thurston High School.

The district has already completed an inspection, identified possible land/building issues with the city of Olympia and did a “preliminary study of possible uses by NTPS, in particular as a facility supporting the reconstruction of North Thurston High School,” according to a memo to the School Board.

“This purchase will help us address capacity issues for growing programs and operations while also serving as an important staging facility to expedite the North Thurston High School project,” deputy superintendent John Bash said in a news release. “Long-term use for the building has not yet been determined yet, but we are quickly outgrowing our operational and program staff space across the district. The facility is large enough to host multiple programs or operations after the North Thurston High School project is complete.”

The district plans to purchase the property with existing capital funds, not monies from the bond measure approved by voters in February, Bash said.

Bally Total Fitness in Olympia closed in December 2011 after the chain’s ownership changed to LA Fitness. Officials said they didn’t want to reopen at that location.

The School Board meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the John W. Gott Administrative Center, 305 College St. NE, Lacey.