New gym shaping up at former Ridge Avenue car dealership site

Things may have got off to a slower-than-expected start for a new Planet Fitness gym at a long-vacant former car dealership in the heart of Roxborough's business district, but work is in full swing now.

Because the gym is allowed by-right in that commercial zone, there was no need for the owners of the property at 6225 Ridge Ave., the former Golden Chrysler Plymouth dealership, to seek approval from the city's zoning board. But they did meet with the Central Roxborough Civic Association, and met with adjacent neighbors to discuss some concerns with the plan. The former dealership sat empty and boarded-up for several years, a blank spot on an otherwise bustling stretch of the Ridge Avenue shopping district.

    • Construction has begun on the new Planet Fitness gym in Roxborough. (Megan Pinto)
      Construction has begun on the new Planet Fitness gym in Roxborough. (Megan Pinto)

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Amy Z. Quinn, NewsWorks Northwest reporter

Amy Z. Quinn developed an interest in planning and land use while covering rapidly-developing South Jersey suburbs for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and later wrote extensively about urban and beachfront redevelopment for the Asbury Park Press.

Over more than 15 years of local reporting, opinion writing and blogging, Amy has cultivated a distinctive voice and desire to get right to the heart of an issue. She also trains tomorrow's news professionals as a popular journalism instructor at several area universities. 
A Manayunk native now living in an average suburban development, Amy covers Northwest Philly as part of PlanPhilly's partnership with WHYY's NewsWorks.

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