Fitness center could replace Karl’s Farm Dairy


A fitness center may soon be a tenant at the Northglenn site that housed the former Karl’s Farm Dairy Country Store.

City Council paved the way for future development on the landmark 2.170-acre site, 1741 E. 120th Ave., after unanimously approving first reading of an ordinance Nov. 26 to amend the property’s current commercial zoning uses. The second reading of the ordinance will be during council’s Monday, Dec. 10, meeting at 7 p.m. City Council chambers, 11701 Community Center Drive.

City Planning and Development Director Brook Svoboda said the zoning changes are needed to attract more prospective tenants to the site by increasing the types of acceptable uses for the site.

He said the current planned-unit-development standards were approved in 2000, prior to the construction of the dairy store.

Since the dairy store’s closure in June, Svoboda said, the narrow set of permitted property uses has made it difficult for the city to attract prospective businesses.

Permitted uses include farm-animal display and the sale of dairy products, groceries and dry goods, cigarettes, propane and kerosene, and ice cream.

Although no solid plans are currently in place, planning documents outline a proposal from Overland Park, Kan.-based TITLE Boxing Club to lease the 6,000-square-foot site as a fitness center, including a 256-square-foot boxing ring and 1,288 square feet of punching-bag-stand space.

The fitness company has estimated the proposed facility will accommodate 54 exercisers and six employees at any given time.

Daneen Rucki, the former Karl’s Farm Dairy Country Store vice president, said two fitness clubs have approached the family so far and expressed an interest in leasing the property.

“We are very anxious to get this space leased out,” Rucki said during a Nov. 20 Planning Commission meeting. “What we thought would be a fairly straightforward process in getting a new tenant in here has become more and more complicated. I think we have been a great neighbor for Northglenn, and I think this is a good move.”

The proposed zoning amendments would also allow the use of one church on the site at any given time. This move would allow Calvary Community Baptist Church to continue leasing a building on the west side of the property without having to renew its special-use permit each year.

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