Langley wellness center application scrubbed due to high project costs

A wellness center proposed to be a one-stop shop for massage therapy, psychiatry and a slew of other amenities is no more.

Damon Arndt of Next Generation Design and Build pulled his building application for the proposed 7,000-square-foot wellness retreat off Fairgrounds Road after costs of the project and requirements from the city “put it beyond feasibility.” It became clear the wellness center would be too costly after submitting a site plan application, Arndt said. Arndt said he and his wife Shannon, owner of Lone Lake Physical Therapy, put almost two years into the project.

“We were certainly hoping it would work out,” Arndt said. “But, we had to stay realistic, that if it wasn’t going to pencil out financially then it’s not something we wanted to bankrupt our family over.”

Arndt doesn’t anticipate they will pursue the project any further “at that scale” unless they receive help from a “benefactor.”

The wellness center proposed to host a group of businesses operating in a collaborative manner under the same roof. Further development could have also included lodging and a community rentable conference room.

“We were hoping it would provide a resource to the community for health-related issues, from being able to offer classes to having a variety of practitioners that were all available under one roof,” Arndt said. “By having that collaborative approach, patients could get a more integrated approach.”

Considerable progress was made on the project. Preliminary engineering, water and sewer extension designs, survey work and a plat application were conducted as part of the site plan review. Exterior designs, architectural elevations, contextual drawings, critical area reviews for endangered habitat and species were also completed by the time the application was pulled, Arndt said.