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Herndon Planning Commission Reviews Koko FitClub’s Comeback

by Catherine Douglas Moran February 12, 2019 at 10:45 am 3 Comments

The team behind the Koko FitClub that recently closed in the Fox Mill Shopping Center has plans in the works to return to Herndon.

Right before Koko FitClub closed at 2537 John Milton Drive at the end of January, Owner Kavitha Maddi told Reston Now that the gym is slated to open at the new location in the spring.

Now, Maddi and Yogender Rakasi want to bring Koko FitClub back to Herndon at 281 Sunset Park Drive, the former spot of Saigon Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant.

Herndon’s Planning Commission took up the proposal at its meeting last night (Feb. 11). The fitness club is seeking approval of a special exception to meet zoning requirements for the area.

The staff report notes that parking has been a concern for businesses at Sunset Park Drive, adding that a cap on the number of clients that can use the gym between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays to ensure “it does not create a burden on parking that is any greater than the by-right use of a restaurant.”

The “digital gym” offers a three-step Koko Smartraining System, individualized coaching, personalized nutrition, 30-minute strength conditioning and 15-minute HIIT cardio training.

More than 60 locations span 20 states and Canada. The recent closures in Herndon and Reston have left Koko FitClub without any locations in Virginia.

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  • EcoAdvocate

    If there are such worries about car storage (“parking”) that may even prevent a business from opening–or placing undue restrictions on that business, then it’s time to think about PRICING that high demand service that is currently undervalued. When people are allowed to park for free, more people will drive. When there is a policy of parking meters with enforcement, and a price set that’s the lowest possible price to allow for at least a few vacancies most of the time (~15% vacancy) then the parking supply will be much better valued, better managed, and there will not need to be any restrictions placed on businesses.
    Here is a recent book for the council, boards, mayor, etc to, written by Professor and parking policy guru, Donald Shoup:
    “Parking and the City” 2018.
    https://www.routledge.com/Parking-and-the-City/Shoup/p/book/9781138497122

    • obxers

      LOL!!!! Paid parking at the Sunset Business Park? Yeah, that will work out real well. That would NEVER work there. NEVER.

  • alpha28

    People who drive to a fitness location need to drive first to get their heads examined.

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