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A health club in the works for West Manteca?
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There could be a health club in the future for the Manteca Marketplace.

The Manteca Planning Commission tonight is considering a request by Pleasanton-based Rybe Real Estate to rezone the West Yosemite Avenue and Union Road shopping center from neighborhood commercial to commercial mixed use.

The firm has a potential tenant that is interested in using an existing space as a health club. Under the current zoning, though, such use isn’t allowed.

Tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St., doesn’t deal with specific plans for a health club but rather the zoning that would allow it to go forward.

The center is anchored by a SaveMart supermarket as well as the Manteca Marketplace Cinemas. The center originally opened in the 1960s with a large Grants variety store which was later turned into a Kmart. It was that space that eventually became a 10-screen cinema.

It is not uncommon for health clubs to open in large vacant spaces in smaller retail centers in Manteca where existing businesses either move or close. The old Safeway at Louise Avenue and North Main Street was converted into a 24 Hour Fitness Center while the former Rancho Market at Alameda Street and North Street is now a California Total Fitness health club.

Staff had recommended approval given that the presence of SaveMart has made the center more of a mixed commercial use than one catering to small neighborhood businesses.

Unlike in the 1990s when city staff sought to apply tougher parking requirements when 24 Hour Fitness initially applied to reopen in the former Safeway store, the Community Development Department has determined there is adequate parking to accommodate a health club at the shopping center.

Manteca has four health clubs including InShape on East Yosemite Avenue at Pestana Avenue, Crossfit Excel on Moffat Boulevard between Spreckels Avenue and Woodward Avenue as well as California Total Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness.