Back in 2010, the Solidere Annual Report indicated that the Beirut Fitness Center (BFC) would be built as a temporary (8-10 years) project that would “herald Solidere’s development of the reclaimed land area.”
In the subsequent annual and quarterly reports though, no mention of this project emerge. However, DW5, Bernard Khoury’s architecture firm, still has it listed as active and “in progress” Also, the area does have some action going on there, so who knows.
As for the expected date, if the project has in fact been given the green light and permits, I have no idea, but it should be in the next couple of years. It’ll include:
- Tennis courts
- Squash courts
- 400sqm climbing wall
- 1250sqm landscaped area
As for the elliptical shape around the BFC, it’s not a running track… Sorry runners! It’s a parking area, where Khoury has sort of employed the same plan he has for B018′s parking (his landmark project).
Anyway, it’s probably gonna be those exclusive country club-type of place if it ever does open up. I think it’s cool though, having become a fitness-oriented person myself the past couple of months, I think it’d be cool to have a gym and spa in Beirut, despite the uncool prices of course…