EXCLUSIVE: East Side sports club to unveil multimillion-dollar expansion: PHOTOS

Towne Properties is putting the finishing touches on a $3.2 million expansion at the Club at Harper’s Point, which will include eight outdoor clay tennis courts and a 25-meter lap pool.

The upscale sports club and fitness center opened in Symmes Township in 1975 but hasn’t had a lap pool since 2008, when the Shops at Harper’s Point mall that opened in December 1989 was expanded by Towne Properties. The Mount Adams-based developer also owns and operates the 444-unit apartment community called Harper’s Point, which opened in 1974.

Towne Properties is putting the finishing touches on a $3.2 million expansion at the Club… more

The new pool and tennis courts will open May 28 at 8675 E. Kemper Road, near the intersection with Montgomery Road. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place May 27 with the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and a grand opening for club members will be June 4.

“Construction is nearly completed,” said Steve Contardi, the club’s operating partner. “We intend to have water in the pool by Friday.”

About 1,200 people belong to the Club at Harper’s Point, and the new pool and tennis courts are expected to boost membership, Contardi said. Four categories of membership range from $50 to $160 a month, plus an enrollment fee of $100 to $400.

The original pool “was an integral part of our initial club, and certainly our business is largely dependent on families,” Contardi said. “This was the logical way to get and maintain more family members.”

The economic recession delayed the investment in a new pool, Contardi said. Construction began in November.

To view architectural renderings of the project, click on the photo above or the video player below.

To accommodate the new six-lane lap pool, the club reduced the number of outdoor tennis courts from 11 to eight. The club also has 10 indoor DecoTurf tennis courts, which is the same type of surface as used at the Western & Southern Open tournament in Mason.

The new outdoor Har-Tru green clay courts feature Hydro Court technology, which includes an underground watering system with sensors to ensure the ideal moisture level for stable footing. Tennis Technology Inc. of Louisville installed the courts, which cost about $300,000.

Shamrock Enterprises of Crosby Township built the competition-caliber swimming pool, which includes six lanes and an 11-foot-deep diving well with two 1-meter boards.

“We will have a swim and dive team,” Contardi said.

The project includes a water slide with its own entry point and splashdown spot in the pool as well as a separate pool for toddlers. The aquatic complex cost $2.4 million, including the pool deck, chlorine filtration system and landscaping. The pool complex will be open Memorial Day through Labor Day each year.

Adjacent to the pools will be a concession stand and a separate adult area, which includes a cabana bar. The project also included a shaded picnic area, a playground for kids and locker rooms. The new buildings cost about $550,000.

Cincinnati United Contractors of Sycamore Township was the general contractor. The architect was McGill Smith Punshon Inc. of Sharonville.

Neil Bortz, partner with Towne Properties, said the upgrades at the Club at Harper’s Point will secure its reputation as one of the top tennis, fitness and swim clubs in the nation.

For information, visit the club’s website or call 513-489-9700.

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