Chippewa Club tennis court expansion project gets the go-ahead
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
The Chippewa Club in Ypsilanti Township has received approval from the township planning commission to construct a 12,300-square-foot addition to its existing building that will house two additional tennis courts.
The commission approved the plan at its Oct. 23 meeting on two conditions, asking the applicant to resolve all outstanding engineering issues and to obtain all necessary permits prior to construction.
Property management firm McKinley Inc. owns the club, which has a fitness facility, indoor tennis courts, an outdoor summer club equipped with a pool and other amenities.
McKinley property manager Jeff Holman has said the club is about 75,000 square feet and the addition, if approved, will bring the total to nearly 87,000 square feet.
Holman said McKinley wants to expand the number of indoor tennis courts from six to eight because the club has seen a spike in interest.
"We have four on the one side (of the facility) and two on the other side," Holman told AnnArbor.com before the project was approved. "We want to have four on each side. We're at capacity and we're looking to add more courts so we can have more programs."
Holman said the goal is to have the addition completely finished and open by fall 2013.
The club has nearly 350 memberships, bringing the total of people utilizing the facility to more than 1,000 people. The club has about 25 year-round employees and 15 seasonal employees.
Chippewa is at 2525 Golfside Road across from the McKinley-owned Golfside Lake Apartments and Townhomes.