Genesis Health Clubs is under construction on Allison Avenue

Genesis Health Clubs is under construction on Allison Avenue.

Those looking forward to using the new Genesis Health Clubs in Manhattan will have to wait a little longer until the end of January.

Although the gym, at 2704 Allison Ave., was expected to open by the end of 2019, the building is not quite ready to open its doors.

Rodney Steven II, owner and president of Genesis Health Clubs, and Jake McGabe, vice president of marketing for Genesis, told The Mercury on Wednesday that they are planning for a late January opening now.

“We’re extremely excited for our upcoming grand opening for the new Manhattan club,” Steven said in an email.

Rock Construction of Wichita, project contractor, is still steadily working on the building, said Ryan Courtwright, assistant chief of risk reduction for fire services.

“I don’t know if they ran into some weather challenges or what to speak of on that,” Courtwright said. “It’s just taking a while to get the skeleton up.”

Neither Steven nor McGabe indicated why the club opening was delayed. However, Steven said the club has increased “ambitions” on some amenities, including the Kid’s Club and enlarging aquatic amenities such as the pool and hot tub.

The club also will have a modern turf/functional training area, Steven said.

The 70,000-square-foot gym will offer other indoor amenities such as a running track, basketball court, three tennis courts, exercise studios, steam room, a sauna and therapy pools, in addition to gym equipment and machines.

The Mercury previously reported that the project cost is approximately $10.16 million.

Courtwright said the building has passed all inspections conducted thus far.

This project has been a long time coming with talks dating back nearly five years when Genesis purchased Max Fitness from local businessman Dave Dreiling in February 2015.

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