Intown Stars opens new $4 million multi-sport facility in Decatur

Women’s workforce gymnasts warming up for floor workout for the duration of coaching at Intown Stars. (Images by Barbara Naso)

Intown Stars will welcome the Atlanta and Decatur communities to its new multi-activity facility at 421 DeKalb Industrial Way this thirty day period next the $4 million renovation of a previous storage and manufacturing space. 

“This remarkable new growth will be performed in two phases,” Intown Stars owner and CEO Anna Santiago explained. “Half of the 75,000 sq.-foot making will open for gymnastics, parkour, camps, get-togethers, group gatherings, and our latest application, Intown Stars Dance. I actually want this place to be about sports and bringing the neighborhood jointly.”  

On the floor flooring is a thoroughly-geared up 25,000 sq. foot area with natural gentle, fresh paint, and massive ceiling supporters that will home gymnastics and parkour the follow of traversing obstacles from just one issue to another by functioning, jumping, climbing, etc. 

“Parkour is a person of the fastest escalating sports,” Santiago stated. “We cater to who is in our group – and the youngsters in our neighborhood obviously want one thing entertaining and distinct, since our parkour application has hundreds of young children on the waitlist. So, we quadrupled the measurement of our space to accommodate them. Parkour also brought in additional boys who do parkour and gymnastics.” 

The floor flooring also contains Intown Stars Dance’s studio comprehensive with specialist dance floors and a mother or father observation spot. Flowing from there are much more rooms for a long run afterschool system, artwork program, and a sizable outside perform room – where Santiago envisions a sandbox, swing set, and jungle health and fitness center.

Up on the next flooring, a massive mum or dad observation lounge overlooks the gymnastics/parkour place. Down the corridor is Santiago’s business office. 

“I desired to be close to the moms and dads – to communicate with them and remain linked,” Santiago said. 

There are also 4 different studios on the next ground obtainable to rent for classes, occasions, and functions and named for constellations: Huge Dipper, Minimal Dipper (more of a conference room), Orion (with a kitchenette), and Polaris (with loads of home windows and organic mild).

Intown Stars proprietor Anna Santiago and her sons with Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast, Laurie Hernandez.

Santiago desires the studios to provide as a enterprise incubator, recalling the worries she confronted 10 many years back when she was newly divorced and necessary a position to train gymnastic lessons. 

“I want to offer up people areas for other business people, to begin or scale a organization,” Santiago reported. 

About a decade, Santiago has built Intown Stars from a little method in a neighborhood church Sunday Faculty home into one of the biggest gymnastics facilities in the southeast, with 80 staff and 1,700+ young children coming as a result of each and every 7 days. 

A achievements Santiago graciously shares with her core government team.

“Anna engages her workers in a shared mission – to create leaders – among themselves and the learners,” described Damon Vance, proprietor of Relevance Constructing Answers, who led the new multi-activity facility construction and is Santiago’s business spouse. 

For instance, Chief Operations Officer Brittany Baker, started off as a gymnastics coach in 2017 and operates the day-to-day functions as Santiago’s “right-hand woman”.

“The best moments are when the kids are begging their mom and dad not to leave,” Baker said. “As extended as that retains happening, Intown Stars will retain rising as a leader in youth athletics for Atlanta.” 

That advancement features remaining property a single of the most significant gymnastics groups in the Southeast.

A rendering of the new Intown Stars facility in Decatur.

“Georgia hasn’t witnessed a earth-class fitness center with so considerably assortment and range for competitive gymnastics, let by itself sports across the board,” mentioned Ashley McCracken, Intown Stars Gymnastic Groups Director.

“One of the good reasons Intown Stars has been in a position to thrive is Anna’s skill to be versatile and adaptable with how the enterprise provides products and services to the group, based on its desires, Vance stated. “This new, much larger house is significant to that.”

Projected to open up in 2023, the next stage on the north facet of the creating will element 10 batting cages, a big space with skilled court flooring for a roller rink, and athletics like basketball and volleyball as well as a energy and conditioning middle. 

“For an entrepreneur, obtaining this massive place to build in – it’s like currently being in a sweet shop and told you can have just about anything you want,” Santiago reported.

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