Ithaca Blog

Saturday, December 09, 2006

City Health Club to Close

City Health Club on W. Green St. will be closing this month, after 25 years as Ithaca's downtown health club.

Owner Tony Lieb declined to give any reason for the closing beyond a drop in memberships. But two new health clubs downtown, one located to the east and one to the west of City Health, probably contributed.

Finger Lakes Fitness Center in the Commons is a little sleeker, ostensibly with lower overhead costs. At the other extreme, Island Health and Fitness, on the west end, is a huge space, with over 35,000 feet, a swimming pool, a cafe, and a child care service.

City Health seems to have got caught in the middle.

The venerable club will be missed by members who appreciated its convenient location and casual, neighborhood style.

Stephen Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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