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Brooklyn Boulders Could Open 40,000-Square-Foot Rock Climbing Gym And Fitness Center In Logan Square

GW Properties is aiming to bring the Brooklyn-based fitness company into the revamped Hollander building at 2418 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Rock climbers at a Brooklyn Boulders Chicago gym.
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LOGAN SQUARE — A 40,000-square-foot rock climbing gym and fitness center could be coming to a revamped building in the heart of Logan Square.

GW Properties, the developer behind the Hollander building redevelopment project, is working a plan that would allow New York City-based Brooklyn Boulders to open a gym and fitness center in the soon-to-be rehabbed building at 2418 N. Milwaukee Ave.

It’s unclear if a deal has been signed. Mitch Goltz of GW Properties wasn’t immediately available for an interview Tuesday afternoon. A spokesperson for Brooklyn Boulders didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

The City Council’s Zoning Committee on Tuesday approved GW Properties’ plan to redevelop the Hollander building site.

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GW Properties owns the 107-year-old Hollander building and the neighboring site.

The developer plans to restore the 107-year-old building and construct another five-story building next door. The buildings will house boutique offices, restaurants and retail shops. The project includes 16 parking spaces.

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) on Tuesday heaped praise on Goltz for working with neighbors to meet the needs of the community.

“Throughout it all, Mr. Goltz has proven to be a real collaborator,” La Spata said.

The project, which has been in the works for more than two years, originally called for apartments or condos, but Goltz nixed the residential component in favor of all-commercial buildings.

“We thought it was a better opportunity at the busiest intersection in Logan Square to bring services and amenities in the area that are lacking with the residential boom,” Goltz said.

The project still needs approval from the full City Council.

Brooklyn Boulders will be the anchor tenant should the deal go through. A restaurant, a 15,000-square-foot coworking space and a salon are also planned for the buildings, Goltz told The Daily Line.

Brooklyn Boulders opened in the West Loop at 100 S. Morgan St. in 2014. The company bills the gym as an “urban rock climbing space that merges fitness with art, music, tech, co-working and events.”

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