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Tampa’s Harbour Island Athletic Club will become Life Time country club

The athletic club shuttered in February. Here’s why.
 
An aerial shot of Harbour Island. The former Harbour Island Athletic Club will be redeveloped into a Lifetime Fitness. [CHERIE DIEZ  | Times]
An aerial shot of Harbour Island. The former Harbour Island Athletic Club will be redeveloped into a Lifetime Fitness. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
Published April 10, 2023

National health club chain Life Time is taking over the 6.44-acre site that was once home to the Harbour Island Athletic Club.

On Friday, Life Time announced that it had entered into a long term lease for the property. The site will reopen as a Life Time country club in the coming months.

“Life Time is a huge and exciting win for Harbour Island, downtown, and all of Tampa,” Mayor Jane Castor said in a statement. “Our community thrives on health and wellness, and this new healthy lifestyle destination will offer something for everyone.”

The Harbour Island Athletic Club closed for good on Feb. 28 following a legal battle between the landlord and the gym’s owner.

In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough county court, SNH Well Properties Trust, claimed that its tenant Starmark Camhood L.L.C. owed more than $1 million in back rent for the gym. The case was decided on Jan. 24, with the judge ruling in favor of SNH.

The gym’s management company, Wellbridge Club Management, said COVID-19 had created financial challenges for the Harbour Island Athletic Club.

“Wellbridge ownership has worked diligently with the landlord to negotiate rent that leads to a sustainable and healthy business,” the company wrote in a January message posted to the club’s website. “Unfortunately, the Landlord has now decided to take the property back.”