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Vigilant Elite Training, also known as VET, received a special use permit from the Gurnee Village Board to establish an indoor multi-purpose fitness training facility.
VET, is 100 percent veteran owned and operated, and will offer two fitness programs with separate hours of operation at the Grand Tri-State Business Park, 905 Lakeside Drive.
The space also provides recreational training for other companies such as Ultimate Gymnastics, Bat Speed and Jump America.
Owner Jason Houston, appearing Monday night before the board, said his proposed indoor training facility will use about 5,200 square feet of floor space. He said Cross Fit is the primary program he will offer in small daily group fitness classes of about 12 clients.
All Cross Fit classes will be scheduled in advance and typically be offered during off-peak hours, Houston said. Computer scheduling is used to keep classes consistent in abilities and keep clients informed on upcoming space availability.
A secondary program is pitched at a more intensive level, attracting college- and professional-level clients for selective sports performance training.
Board members were very supportive of the recreational sports training concept and, with a minimum of questioning, cast a unanimous vote in favor of the venture.
County board update
Gurnee's two Lake County Board members - Steve Carlson of District 7, and Sandy Hart of District 13 - also participated in the meeting by briefing trustees on what the County Board was doing lately.
Much of the discussion focused on the County's $500 million transportation projects coming up over the next five years. The Rollins Road project, with one section crossing over new railroad tracks, was of primary interest.
Hart made mention of the proposed $100 million Justice Tower that will be joined to the County Building in Waukegan. She said the jail facilities there are inadequate for the heavy volume of prisoners and should provide better courtroom facilities to speed up the frequency of trials.
Carlson covered local programs and projects underway at the Forest Preserve District, including progress on a new bridge over the Des Plaines River, and adding and repairing walking trails in the preserve that were damaged this winter.
He also mentioned that planning was underway for an extensive $350,000 Rollins Savanna Trails project planned for 2017.