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Once a massive new Lifetime Fitness Center is complete on the northwest side of Quail Springs Mall you will be able to drink alcohol as you get fit.

The mall is between N. May and N. Pennsylvania Avenues on the north side of Memorial Road.

This comes after the City of Oklahoma City Planning Commission approved a zoning change Thursday to add ABC-2 zoning that allows alcohol to be served with food.

The application was continued from the Sept. 14 commission meeting when commissioners balked at having 236,000 square feet available for ABC service.

Their modified application approved Thursday was for 64,995 square feet and designates two areas in the sprawling facility for alcohol service: Life Café and The Bistro where food is served.

Ben Alberts, development manager for the company, told Free Press by phone that according to how the weather affects their construction, they are anticipating a second or third quarter 2018 opening.

The old Macy’s department store on the northwest corner of the mall is being torn out to make room for the project.

In addition, the parking area north of that store and north of J.C. Penny’s is also being devoted to the project. (See the map below)

New commissioner

Mike Privett, the new Ward 4 commissioner, was welcomed to the commission Thursday.

Mike Privett, Ward 4 Planning Commissioner, City of Okla City
Mike Privett, Ward 4 Planning Commissioner, City of Okla City

He brings 23 years of surveying experience for oil and gas companies.

If you are an older member of the community that last name might sound familiar.

Privett’s grandfather was Rex Privett, who died in 2013.

Rex Privett was the first Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives to preside over three consecutive legislative sessions.

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