Two New Albany physicians plan to open a Snap Fitness franchise this fall.

Two New Albany physicians plan to open a Snap Fitness franchise this fall.

Raymond Gagliardi, a general practitioner, and his wife, Dalia Elkhairi, a gynecologist, hope to fill the last open storefront in the Shops at Walton Parkway in September or October.

Gagliardi said Snap Fitness would be in the strip center northwest of state Route 161 at U.S. Route 62, beside the Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop. The strip center occupies 9685 to 9765 Johnstown Road.

Gagliardi said the 3,200-square-feet facility would have high-end fitness equipment and would be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Members would access the facility with a key card.

Gagliardi said the facility would be perfect for the area, located near call centers and other businesses with employees who work "odd hours."

"It will provide access for them, and serve their needs," he said.

Gagliardi said he and his wife plan to partner with the other businesses in the strip center: Tim Hortons, Subway restaurant, Blue Agave restaurant and Saturday's hair salon.

Gagliardi's attorney, Jack Reynolds of Smith and Hale, said the facility required New Albany to change the zoning text and allow a fitness facility of less than 5,000 square feet as a permitted use in the strip center.

Reynolds said when the Shops at Walton Parkway were zoned as an infill-planned unit development in 2002, there was "no indication of why that (use) was exempt from the zoning."

Reynolds said the use would "complement the surrounding areas" and would provide a service to the nearby offices and medical facilities.

The Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord Implementation Panel, which reviews zoning requests in parts of Columbus and New Albany, reviewed the application May 17 and voted 5-0 in favor of it, with Claudia Husak, Meera Parthasarathy, Richard Kight and Ron Lachey absent.

The New Albany Planning Commission on May 20 voted 3-0 in favor of the use, with Neil Kirby and Ray Silverstein absent.

New Albany City Council on May 21 approved the use 6-0, with Chris Wolfe absent.