Barry’s Bootcamp WeHo is Looking to Move to New Space on Santa Monica Blvd

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BARRY'S Bootcamp - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Barry’s bootcamp health and fitness studio is looking to move into the old Aaron Brother’s framing and art supplies space, located at 8380 Santa Monica Boulevard. A notice mailed to residents in the area states the West Hollywood Planning Commission will be holding a teleconference meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2021, starting at 6:30 p.m. A decision will be made regarding a request for a conditional use permit to allow the new health and fitness facility to operate at the new location.

According to the Planning Commission agenda that is now available to the public, the proposal is a request for a Development Permit to allow the intensification of use from general retail, to health/fitness facility use and a Conditional Use Permit for the proposed Barry’s health/fitness facility. The request includes an interior tenant improvement with the required 24 parking spaces provided on-site.

The property at 8380 Santa Monica Boulevard is a rectangular-shaped, approximately 20,866-square-foot parcel with a 70-foot frontage on the west wide of Kings Road and 162-foot frontage facing the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard. The proposed project is located at the northeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard in between Kings Road and Flores Street. The property is owned by the City of West Hollywood and is developed with a ground commercial space of 7,980 square feet and a three-story public parking structure constructed in 1995. The public parking structure contains 165 parking spaces with the entrance/exit on Kings Road. The proposed health/fitness facility will occupy the ground floor tenant space previously occupied by Aaron Brother’s framing and art supplies store, with the main entrance fronting Santa Monica Boulevard. The proposed change of use would not alter the size or massing of the existing building and will only consist of interior remodeling with no plans for façade improvements.

Barry’s currently has over 90 locations worldwide including the first location at 1106 La Cienega in West Hollywood. The proposed project includes a “fuel bar” in the center of the 7,980 square-foot floor plan that would sell packaged foods and drinks, and a small retail area adjacent to the lobby. The proposal also features two locker rooms with showers and two large main workout areas.

The health/fitness facility focuses on instructor-led, class setting workouts with each class averaging 50-60 minutes. All activities will occur within the tenant space.

The proposed operating hours are Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. While this conditional use permit would allow indoor operation of the gym only, the applicant has indicated the intent to apply for an OUT Zone permit to operate the gym outdoors while COVID-19 Health Officer’s Orders continue to limit indoor fitness operation. Since Barry’s has an existing location in West Hollywood, the business is eligible to apply for outdoor operation prior to commencement of use in this location.

A West Hollywood Staff report summarizes that the proposed intensification of use to allow Barry’s to operate as a health/fitness facility is well suited for this site and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

“The tenant space will be well insulated to prevent disturbances to the neighboring residential and commercially zoned properties, and as conditioned, would not cause a nuisance to the general public,” reads the report. “The proposed project meets all other Zoning Ordinance requirements and would further support the General Plan’s goal of supporting neighborhood-serving uses that benefit local residents. Therefore, staff recommends approval of the request subject to the findings of fact and with the conditions included in the Draft Resolution No. PC 21- 1388.”

Barry’s bootcamp health and fitness studio has been operating at its current location in West Hollywood since 1998. It is currently open for outdoor classes.

To learn more, visit: https://www.barrys.com/studio/west-hollywood/.

Planning Commission meetings are broadcast live on WeHoTV and on Spectrum Ch. 10 in West Hollywood.The meeting can also be vieweded on YouTube at www.youtube.com/wehotv.  WeHoTV programming is additionally available on multiple streaming platforms, including Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku.  Digital streaming platform viewers can easily find programming by searching for “WeHoTV” within the search functions of these services.  WeHoTV and Spectrum Ch. 10 are the only official viewing platforms.  The other viewing options and platforms are made available as a courtesy to viewers and their reliability cannot be assured by the city.  If there are technical difficulties while viewing the meeting on any of these platforms, the meeting can be accessed on WeHoTV at the City’s website www.weho.org/wehotv.

For more information, contact: Jennifer Alkire, AICP, Current & Historic Preservation Planning Manager at 323-848-6487 jalkire@weho.org. Rachel Dimond, Acting Long Range Planning Manager at 323-848-6486  rdimond@weho.org.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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