Knightdale exercise classes to move to donated building

mhankerson@newsobserver.comNovember 26, 2013 

MECHELLE HANKERSON — mhankerson@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— The town’s Parks and Recreation Department will move some of its group exercise classes to a new location on First Avenue starting in January.

Aerobics, yoga, Zumba and Katandi classes are all scheduled to be moved to 426 N. First Ave. in the new year.

Tina Cheek, the director of Knightdale Parks and Recreation, said the move helps free up space at the recreation center for other programs and the new building is more suited for the classes the department plans to move.

Cheek and some of the instructors toured the building last week to see the new space. For right now, there will be no change in schedules for the group exercise classes when they move.

The building was donated to the town in October by the Knightdale Extension Community Association (KECA). The donation is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

At the time of donation, KECA president Mary Laymon said the group didn’t use the building. The group rented the building to the local chapter of the Lions Club for their use and the Lions Club had a sublease with a small local church.

Once the town officially takes over the building, the lease with the Lions Club will be honored for a year. The sublease with the church will not carry over.

According to Knightdale Town Manager Seth Lawless, the Lions Club invested about $20,000 in the building. An inspection of the building showed the Lionshad maintained the building well, meaning the building will require no repairs by the town.

Since the building is also being acquired for free, the town will allow the Lions to occupy the building rent-free for the first year.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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