2020 Fitness to renovate former Prairie Village post office building to accommodate growing business

A rendering of the renovation plans for the 2020 Fitness building, which used to house the Prairie Village office of the U.S. Postal Service. Image credit Finkle + Williams Architecture.

The owners of 2020 Fitness in Prairie Village took a significant step Tuesday toward a major renovation project that will help them expand offerings to clients at their growing health and wellness business.

Founded six years ago in a garage, 2020 moved into the former Prairie Village post office building on 73rd Terrace back in 2014. 2020 bought the building last year, and has been undertaking interior renovations to accommodate a range of programming in recent months. But founder Jon Rowley said that to fulfill the business’s goal to build a vibrant community around fitness, the facilities needed a more substantial update.

On Tuesday, Rowley received conditional approval from the Prairie Village planning commission for a project that would replace the old post office loading dock with a new addition that would add 5,800 square feet of interior space. A new rooftop deck on the southeast side of the building would be about 1,100 square feet.

Rowley said the addition would provide both office space for 2020’s coaching staff, which has recently grown to 10 employees, and specialized fitness areas.

“On the upper floor we would have two studio spaces that could be used for classes like yoga or spin or for an on-site physical therapist,” Rowley said. “We’d have more flexibility to fill needs as people are asking for different kinds of classes.”

Moreover, Rowley said, as a resident of the neighborhood, he thought it was time that the building received a facelift.

“We live down the street, and so we’re part of this neighborhood and want the place to look good and bring people together,” he said. “And this is part of the beautification of the building. We would never be making the investment if we didn’t know this was our permanent home.”

The plans still need to receive final approval, but Rowley predicted 2020 would break ground on the project in the next six to 12 months.