Life Time Stamford Connecticut Exterior

Life Time Downtown Stamford, which will add 290 apartments to city center, nears its grand opening

STAMFORD — Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on Downtown Stamford’s newest mixed-use building.

Life Time Stamford Downtown, a luxury athletic club and apartment building at 130 Tresser Blvd., could open “within the next month and a half,” Jennifer Duran, the complex’s general manager, told The Stamford Advocate last week.

“It’s looking like a late summer (opening) for us,” Duran said.

The 53,000-square-foot gym — located entirely on the building’s second floor — is enrolling members in waves. As of Aug. 10, Duran said, about 3,500 people had signed up for the athletic club’s waiting list.

“We’ve been tracking really well towards our business plan for opening, so (we’re) excited to open with a healthy member base that’s just gonna grow from there,” Duran said.

Activities will include cardio, strength training, group fitness classes, yoga and more. There is an outdoor pool on the second floor which will be open from Memorial Day through Labor Day annually.

Monthly gym memberships start at $199 for one person, $299 for two people, $349 for three people and $399 for four or more people. Members must be 14 years of age or older.

Compared with Life Time’s larger athletic clubs, the Tresser Boulevard building is a scaled-down, boutique version. The complex does not have basketball, racket sports or indoor swimming.

The building’s 290 apartments are spaced throughout floor three and above. They include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. Rent for a studio starts at $2,225, while a three-bedroom apartment starts at $5,400. Gym memberships will be included for all of the building’s residents.

As of Tuesday, according to the apartment building’s website, 31 apartments were still available to be leased. Floors three through five will open first to residents, with construction continuing on the remaining units, Duran said.

The first floor will have the LifeCafe, a full-service cafe with meals, shakes and more. It will also have the lobby for the apartments upstairs.

Life Time’s boutique clubs typically have between 75 and 100 employees, Duran said. According to the company’s website, at least 20 jobs are still open for applications.

The development was approved by the Zoning Board in 2016. A plan to add about 70 more units was approved in 2018, in exchange for developer True North LLC agreeing to partially fund a new traffic light on Washington Boulevard.

The 10-story building was constructed atop the parking lot of next-door neighbor Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, which leased the property to a developer in 2015.

The Minnesota-based fitness club company has also been attempting to build a larger athletic club in High Ridge Park, an underused Turn of River office park.

In 2018, the Stamford Board of Representatives blocked a Zoning Board decision that would have allowed a developer to build the gymnasium complex, after residents petitioned against it. The developer’s attorneys sued the board, and the two sides have been embroiled in a legal battle ever since.

SOURCE: Stamford Advocate