Planet Fitness is coming to the Forest Hills luxury building this summer

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — Neighbors in Forest Hills will have a new place to train this summer.

Planet Fitness plans to open a location near MacDonald Park “early this summer,” a spokesperson confirmed to Patch.

The gym, which will be located on the ground floor of a new luxury building at 107-02 Queens Boulevard, has been under construction since 2020, when Forest Hills Community Council first approved its permits, the Queens Post reported.

Some neighbors, however, want the space to be used for something else.

“I was hoping for Trader Joes,” a neighbor wrote on Facebook in a thread about the new gymnasium, echoing calls from other neighbors for more supermarkets to open in the neighborhood. (Residents have also hoped for a Trader Joes in the past.)

Another neighbor is “happy” to see an “affordable gym” opening in the neighborhood (right now memberships starting at $10 a month), but agrees that “it would also be great to have a good supermarket”.

Up the block from the proposed Planet Fitness, however, a supermarket is slated to open in another luxury building.

Developers have pledged to include a supermarket in a nearby luxury building on Queens Boulevard, since a Key Foods was demolished to make way for apartments. This development, located at 105-02 Queens Boulevard, is expected to open in 2023, Patch reported.

Once open, Planet Fitness on Queens Boulevard will operate 24 hours a day on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the spokesperson said.

The Queens Boulevard outpost will be the gymnasium seventh location in Queens, but its first in Forest Hills.

Its other locations are in Jamaica, Howard Beach, Jackson Heights, Astoria and Long Island City.

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