At present, we have one fitness center that measures
1500 square feet and one meeting room of 800 square
feet. Our current fitness center is maxed out with
regard to space for equipment. There is no room for
expansion. Any resident who has tried and not been able
to reserve the current amenity center knows that we have
outgrown our existing facility.
For the past two years, a committee of residents has
been carefully studying our current amenities. In
February 2015, a survey was sent out where your thoughts
and comments were solicited. The results of this
analysis was a threefold recommendation from the
committee to: (1) build a new fitness center; (2)
convert and remodel the existing fitness center into new
meeting space; and (3) remodel the existing amenity
center, upgrading its look and functionality.
In December 2015, the board accepted the committee’s
recommendations. On November 8, 2016, the board adopted
the 2017 budget that implements those recommendations.
Beginning in January 2017, the board adopted a plan that
will be executed in three phases:
Phase 1 is the construction of a new
5700 square foot fitness center on the vacant land
adjacent to the current amenity center parking lot.
This new building will include 3000 square feet for
fitness equipment (double the current size) and a 1500
square foot exercise and activity room (which we do not
now have). There will also be much needed storage
space, as we currently pay $112 per month to house vital
equipment off site. New fitness machines will be added
to respond to residents repeated calls for more
machines. Phase 1 will start in January and should be
completed by August 1, 2017.
Once this new building is occupied, the current fitness
center will be cleared out and Phase 2 will begin. The
current, dated fitness equipment will be replaced with
new in 2017 upon completion of the new fitness building.
Phase 2 involves the remodel of the
current fitness center into a 1500 square foot
multi-purpose meeting space, complete with bathrooms and
a kitchenette. New tables and chairs will also be
purchased. We anticipate starting this remodel
immediately upon the completion of Phase 1, which we
estimate to be in and around September 2017. The
renovation work should take about 90 to 120 days.
Phase 3 is anticipated in early 2018
and involves the total remodel of our current 800 square
foot amenity center, upgrading both its look and
functionality. This will also involve the purchase of
new tables and chairs. The kitchen area will be
re-tooled and a serving counter added. We anticipate
that this work should also be completed in 90 to 120
By doing this in three phases we will not disrupt the
use of our current fitness and amenity centers during
construction. When these phases are completed, we will
have 4500 square feet of fitness and exercise space
spread over two rooms and 2300 square feet of meeting
space, more than doubling are current capacity.
The board believes that building a new
fitness center and doubling the size of our existing
meeting space will both enhance the value of your
property and maintain the high standard of living we’ve
come to expect at the King & Bear. When compared to
other communities in northern St. Johns County, we
believe the investment in our new facility is in every
homeowner’s best interest.