The Buffalo Athletic Club (BAC) at 69 Delaware Avenue is changing to meet the needs of its growing membership. A private workout floor has been created, The Ellicott Club, on the building’s fifth floor. The top-notch facility overlooking Niagara Square is geared towards the fitness center’s upper-end clientele.
The BAC relocated its regional offices to Getzville to free up space for the 2,800 sq.ft. private fitness studio that cost $300,000 to build-out and equip. It is the only facility in WNY to feature the Hoist ROC-IT line of workout equipment. A certified personal trainer is assigned to the floor to assist members and customize workouts to meet an individual’s needs.
“It’s a unique club,” says BAC partner Jeremy Heim. “This is the Ferrari of fitness centers. You won’t be working out with hundreds of people in a crowded gym. The Ellicott Club is private and upscale, but is also geared towards those serious about fitness.”
“We have a who’s who of Buffalo working out in the facility,” says Heim. “Attorneys, celebrities, athletes, you name it. Most live and work downtown but we have quite a few members that come downtown from the suburbs just to use the new facility.”
There is history behind the Ellicott Club name.
The Ellicott Club was an extremely high-end club that opened on the 10th floor of the Ellicott Square Building in 1896. When the club closed in the early 1920s, one hundred former members put up money to build a new club at 69 Delaware Avenue where the BAC is located today.
The club seriously considered moving out of the building in 1998 but ultimately decided to stay put. Since that time, BAC has spent $1.5 million upgrading the 38,000 sq.ft. facility, including a newly completed $225,000 upgrade to the club’s locker rooms and showers. The lease at 69 Delaware was recently extended to 2018.
Heim says the facility is in a “perfect spot” with many law firms nearby, the waterfront a few blocks away, and downtown’s increasing population providing a growing market.
“The new residential units built downtown in recent years have absolutely been beneficial to the BAC,” says Heim. “Our downtown club has never been stronger. I attribute it to visionary developers that took a risk to create a new neighborhood down here. It’s become a trendy area. It is safe. And people are feeling good about living downtown. As of right now, it is our fastest growing location.”
The BAC has thirteen locations, including five in the Rochester area.