Rex Has Their Eye on Downtown

The News & Observer has an article on the possibility of Rex Healthcare opening up a wellness center in the downtown area. They suggest that with close ties to developer Craig Davis Properties, who are behind the currently planned Site 1 project, the wellness center may end up here. I like the condo numbers mentioned in the article.

Rex is exploring the possibility of opening a wellness center that would cater to the swelling legions of workers and residents in the city center.
The number of condos in Raleigh’s core is expected to double within two years and could quadruple within four. Hundreds of apartments are planned. And, if all the planned offices are built and filled, downtown’s work force could grow by at least 40 percent within five years.

I was not exactly sure what Rex means by a Wellness Center but according to their website:

Rex Wellness Centers aren’t your typical health club. In addition to our advanced fitness equipment and customized programs, we offer a free health education series and access to a variety of rehabilitation programs. And if you’re looking for amenities, you’ve come to the right place. Our facilities offer:

– Heated indoor pool(s)
– Whirlpools
– Steam room
– Sauna
– Indoor track
– Treadmills
– Stairclimbers
– Rowing machines
– Upright and recumbent computerized bikes
– Cross-country skiing machines
– Strength training equipment
– Free weights
– Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
– Aquatic therapy
– Child activity area
– Full-service locker rooms
– Towel service
– Pro-shop
And there’s more…

Rex Wellness Centers are unique from other fitness facilities. In addition to our state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive health education programs, we offer a variety of rehabilitation services, specifically designed to help you return to all the activities you enjoy.

This would make a great addition to downtown. It is very difficult for downtown workers to exercise during or right after work. With its location in the core business district, it would be very convenient to walk to. Future residents could take full advantage of this as I’ve noticed that the gyms within buildings are too small. The only real option is peak fitness in the Glenwood South area. Let’s hope Rex makes a play for Site 1.

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  1. Oh, so it’s really a high-end fitness center?
    At first I thought it sounded like downtown was actually going to get a health facility, like an Urgent Care center or something like that. (Which downtown could use.)

  2. Just as a teensy side note, Seaboard Fitness (in Seaboard Station) has just recently opened up a phenomenal facility and the newly renovated YMCA should be a nice addition when Phase 1 completes this week!

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