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Burlingame resident Kim Tramel works out at Crossfit Burlingame across the street from where the new Broadway Tennis Center is set to open.
Broadway Tennis Center is set to be the latest addition to a Burlingame area that used to be known for its industrial warehouse spaces but has seen a recent slew of fitness centers in the last few years.
Monday night, the Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve the commercial recreational use permit for an indoor tennis center at the 60 Edward Court site, bringing the area a step closer to another recreational facility. The site is currently an open paved parking lot and is bordered by existing buildings and Highway 101.
Nothing But Hoops, Bay Badminton Center, Prime Time Athletic Fitness Club, Gokart Racer, Crossfit, Burlingamer and other recreation facilities now occupy spaces in the Rollins Road area.
Burlingame Crossfit opened in January 2012 and is located across the way from where the new tennis court facility would be. Its owner James Weiss said he was looking for a garage with a roll-up door, so the spaces in the area fit the bill.
“Rollins Road is kind of like fitness row,” Weiss said. “We’re off the beaten path. We have space to do our thing, parking and nice weather.”
Former Minor League baseball player Ed Ricks is a manager and pitching coach at Future Pro Baseball on Rollins Road, which has batting cages and offers batting and pitching instructions. The business has been at two locations on the road for more than 20 years. He said the main reason why Rollins Road works for their business is that there’s easy access to the facility and a lot of foot and car traffic from the nearby freeway.
Mayor Ann Keighran served on the Planning Commission about nine years ago and said that although she thinks the shift to recreational facilities is great for young families, it doesn’t bring the city any additional revenue.
“I met with developers and real estate agents in the past and there were mixed views as to the use of the area,” Keighran said. “The indoor recreation facilities are good because they bring more people to the area, but they don’t have the facilities like restaurants to make people stay longer.”
The new center will include a café.
The opening of a Tesla sales and service office next to the project location, exemplifies the change from industrial warehouse spaces to different kinds of businesses. The high-tech electric car company will have a grand opening this weekend and had their first official day of business yesterday.
Planning Commissioner Michael Gaul said he had some concern about the Edwards Court area already being too crowded for parking, but it seems like a great facility.
“It fits in well here,” Gaul said.
Resident Ken Robinson spoke at the Planning Commission meeting in support of the center, noting that it will offer world-class instruction and be available for use year-round since it’s an indoor facility.
“Tennis is a game for life,” Robinson said at the meeting. “It starts with a place to play, teaching and coaching.”
Broadway Tennis Center will be more than 62,000 square feet and two floors. There are set to be tournaments once a month, but the owners want to focus on individual instruction.
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