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Sacred Heart U. buys Fitness 4000, skips Stop & Shop, doesn’t want Testo’s

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Officials from Sacred Heart University attended the community meeting Mayor Bill Finch held Thursday night in Bridgeport’s North End.

The campus is located along Park Avenue just over the border in Fairfield.

North End residents are frequently concerned about the school expanding, building off-campus dorms and more students moving into the residential neighborhood, causing a ruckus.

No, said Michael Kinney, vice president for finance and administration, the university has no interest in purchasing Testo’s, the just-rezoned Italian restaurant owned and operated by Bridgeport Democratic Chairman Mario Testa.

“I’ve never had any discussions with anyone over there,” Kinney said. “We absolutely have no interest in the property over there.”

Yes, they were approached by a broker who was wondering if the school might be interested in the shuttered Stop & Shop, just a few blocks up Madison Avenue from Testo’s. Sacred Heart approached the Finch administration and, according Kinney, the city asked them not to pursue the Stop & Shop (which, according to the city, remains on the market with no takers).

However Sacred Heart has acquired Fitness 4000 at 4000 Park Avenue. The university’s board will be meeting to discuss what to do with the gym building Friday, and then hosting a forum in the North End on Oct. 10 to outline any ideas with the community.

“We’ll lay out all of our plans for you,” Kinney said.

In a brief interview afterward Kinney said Fitness 4000 will remain open for a little while. How long is uncertain.

Sacred Heart University and Bridgeport officials recently launched a new initiative to improve the relationship between the student body and North End residents.

 

 

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Brian Lockhart

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5 Responses

  1. john says:

    Only the shareholders and benefitiaries of SHU know when.
    This is the only gym of it’s kind and LA Fitness, planet fitness and fitness edge can never compare.

  2. Fitness 4000 member says:

    I believe staff knows about what is going to happen. They were probably told to keep their mouth shut so that they can make some money before they leave. I love this gym. I have been to plenty of gyms and this was by far the best around. Sad to see it go

  3. FITNESS 4000 MEMBER says:

    IT IS A SHAME THAT THE GYM IS CLOSING. ALL THE TALK IS HOW MEMBERS DONT KNOW WHERE TO GO NOW. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE NORTH END OF BRIDGEPORT AND SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP A FITNESS CENTER OVEN FOR NE BRIDGEPORT. I WOULD LIKE A NEWPAPER SUCH AT CT POST TO COME IN AND TALK TO MEMBERS. NO NOTICE OF POSSIBLE CLOSING FOR THE MEMBERS, JUST TONS OF RUMORS. STAFF IS EVEN KEPT IN THE DARK. THE OWNER NEVER CARED ABOUT THE GYM TO BEGIN WITH AND BECAUSE OF HIS GREEDINESS A BEAUTIFUL GYM IS ON IT’S LAST DAYS.

  4. B. Loney says:

    SHU the school for idiots taking more property off of Bridgeport’s tax rolls and giving nothing back in return

  5. Fitness 4000 member says:

    It would have been nice if Fitness 4000 informed their members about this