‘Mile High Run Club’ to Replace Plantworks, Becoming the 6th NoHo Gym

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 at 5:19 am by
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The chatter was truth. Another neighborhood gym is indeed opening up inside the dearly-departed Plantworks store at 28 East Fourth Street. But with a twist.

The fitness newcomer is the nascent Mile High Run Club. Apparently the enormous space will house a training studio stocked solely with treadmills and other running equipment. Its founder, Debora Warner, describes the endeavor as “a new destination for running, featuring coached group treadmill classes with a strength and power training component. MHRC provides an opportunity for anyone to train like an athlete with scientifically-based programs led by New York’s elite running, triathlon, and fitness coaches.”

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The gym should open in the next couple months.

Meanwhile, the Plantworks garden center, which had remained open for a minute longer, is also out of the equation. You see, NYU owns the property, and would like to expand its ever-growing footprint. Their Academic Support Center around the corner at 383 Lafayette will push into the lot with a boxy new annex, accessible only from the main building.

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The sliver of silver lining for this piece of the Plantworks enterprise (garden center), however, is that owner Chris Baptiste found a home. A sign on the store indicates the new location as 286 Hudson Street.

With the addition of Mile High Run Club, this section of NoHo now boasts six gyms in a short radius. This one is directly across from the new Crunch.

In the end, though, it seemed the co-op building wasn’t happy enough with the monthly rent they were getting. Plantworks was forced from its home of four decades due to a nearly threefold increase to $40,000. The old amount had been $15,000 (triple the amount a few years prior), and with no lease, there was no recourse.

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