Former restaurant slated as new site for gym
Anytime Fitness plans move to former Kowloon building

By Laurie Arendt

March 12, 2019

 The rendering shows Anytime Fitness’ plans for the former Kowloon Chinese restaurant in Cedarburg. The business is located on Washington Avenue, just south of Otto’s Liquor Store.
Image courtesy of the city of Cedarburg

CEDARBURG — It was once home to one of the first Chinese restaurants in Ozaukee County, but the building at W63 N143-145 Washington Ave. will soon start its next chapter as the new home for Anytime Fitness.

“We will be relocating about three blocks,” owner Karmen Nenhalo told the Plan Commission March 4 as part of the conditional use permit review.

She recently purchased the former Kowloon Chinese Restaurant building – the restaurant closed a few months ago and the owners sold the building – with plans for an extensive renovation, including the interior and all four facades of the building.

“It looks as if it will fit in with the other buildings in that area that have recently been renovated and updated,” said Cedarburg Mayor Mike O’Keefe of the design.

“We intend to reface the entire front of the building,” she said.

“Overall, it’s a huge improvement over what is there right now,” agreed Commissioner Sig Strautmanis, who did question the contrast between some of the design materials.

She noted that the plans for the Cedarburg renovation will be similar in design and scope to the look of the chain’s Hartford location, which the plan commissioners were able to review via Google Earth at the meeting.

“But we’re really open to your suggestions,” she said.

The move to the new location will open up additional parking for members, with parking available in both the front and back of the building.

Anytime Fitness is currently located in the Block building, on the corner of Washington Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard. It received approval to operate in this building in 2010 and according to the staff report, has operated without any issues.

The business model for Anytime Fitness allows members to have around-the-clock access to the fitness and tanning services through the use of a key fob. Additional security measures are also in place, including onsite closed-circuit cameras and log-in software. These same measures will be installed in the new location.

The Plan Commission unanimously approved the conditional use permit.