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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2003

City seeks proposals for fitness center

To promote both the health of City employees and downtown development, today City Manager Wayne Cauthen announced plans to solicit a firm to operate a fitness center in the George E. Wolf Parking Facility across the street from City Hall.

The fitness center, which also would be open to the public, would be on the ground floor of the parking facility on Oak Street between 11th and 12th streets. The City has issued a Request for Proposal for the lease or management of 6,480 square feet of available retail space for the fitness center.

Respondents are asked to submit one or more proposals for the following options: to lease the space, construct, equip and operate the fitness center; and/or design and manage the fitness center. Proposals must be received by the Purchases and Supplies Division, Finance Department, City of Kansas City, Mo., Suite 2204, City Hall, 414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106-2748, by 5 p.m. on Nov. 20. Interested parties may attend a pre-proposal conference and walk-through of the facility next week to discuss the project and obtain more information. The conference will be Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. at the parking facility.

With 10 public or governmental agencies employing approximately 7,000 people within a six-block radius of the proposed facility, Cauthen believes the fitness center to be a lucrative opportunity.

“Since the fitness center will be open to the public, it has the potential to generate activity downtown that can have a ripple effect on other downtown businesses,” said Cauthen.

The RFP asks for proposals to address discounts on membership fees for City employees. Susan Giffee, Benefits Manager, said a downtown fitness center will provide an opportunity for downtown employees to make exercise a more convenient part of their lives.

“Physically fit employees incur fewer costly insurance claims that significantly impact the City's health insurance rates,” said Giffee. “The fitness center will be a welcome addition to the City's Fountain of Health Wellness Program that offers various interventions focusing on the health needs of employees,” added Giffee.

The RFP can be found on the City’s Web site (http://www.kcmo.org). Those interested in responding to the fitness center RFP should direct questions in writing to Susan Giffee, Benefits Manager, Human Resources Department, City of Kansas City, Mo., 12th Floor, City Hall, 414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106-2748; or via facsimile, (816) 513-1373; or via e-mail, susan_giffee@kcmo.org.

    
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