New Fitness Center Approved In Wright Twp.
By NICOLE FAY BARR
Correspondent

A new fitness center, to be located in the Crestwood Industrial Park, has been approved by the Wright Township Zoning Hearing Board. At a hearing held by the board on Feb. 22, the project was given the green light, pending further variances that need to be obtained for remodeling the center.

Eric Kozden, a personal trainer from Dallas, is the applicant for the new fitness center. He will use part of an existing building at 395 Oak Hill Road for the center, according to the township’s zoning officer, Joseph Holmes.

“The center would be open to employees in the other plants in the Crestwood Industrial Park and will also be open to the general public,” reported Holmes.

Kozden needed the variance from the zoning hearing board because that type of use –a fitness center –is not usually permitted in that area of the industrial park. Businesses currently in the industrial park include mainly manufacturing plants.

Kozden must now go on to obtain permits from the township’s zoning office to remodel the area for his intended use, Holmes related. He plans on using 12,000 square feet of space for the fitness center.

The Crestwood Industrial Park is owned by the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. Crestwood’s was the first industrial park developed in Luzerne County, back in 1953.

The industrial park, lying on 750 acres in Wright Township, houses a variety of businesses, from a Quaker Oats and Gatorade plant to Phillips Lighting Co. to Glen Summit Springs Water Co.