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BSA # 73-36 BZ, 32 West 18th Street, Lithe Method LLC, application for a special permit for a physical culture establishment.

At the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, December 13, 2012, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

WHEREAS, The applicant, Lithe Method LLC, seeks a special permit to own and operate a new Physical Fitness Center at 32 West 18th Street, Block 819, Lot 1401 (Ladies' Mile Historic District); and

WHEREAS, The proposed Fitness Center would occupy approximately 2,768 sq. ft. of space on the ground floor of this 12 story and cellar mixed-used building and will have a separate entrance on the street level; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has provided a ground floor layout plan consisting of two large exercise studios, one storage area, a small reception lobby, and full-service showers and locker rooms; and

WHEREAS, The applicant will only provide their proprietary Cardio-Cheer Sculpting Technique and Lithe's Higher Power Band System fitness program with the use of weights and small exercise equipment; and

WHEREAS, The applicant will provide group sessions as well as nutrition counseling, accommodating approximately 20 persons per class, and staffed by a total of approximately 20 part-time and full-time employees; and

WHEREAS, The applicant will not be serving food or alcohol and has agreed not to use the space for special events or catering; and

WHEREAS, The applicant seeks to operate the facility Monday through Friday from 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The applicant owns several other reputable Physical Fitness facilities in Philadelphia and Haverford, Pennsylvania (www.lithemethod.com/locations); therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of this special permit for a physical culture establishment at 32 West 18th Street.

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