The new owner of the Cool Springs Golf Center in Bethel Park plans a grand reopening of the driving range and mini-golf course this spring, and is courting corporate sponsors for a large indoor sports and exercise complex.

Developer Brian Shanahan said he got some of the final permits he needed this week to reconstruct the clubhouse and build two stories of stalls for the driving range. He received zoning variances for signs, and permission to start clearing some of the 15 acres of neighboring land he purchased from the municipality.

Phase 1 of the $17 million project includes reconstructing the clubhouse with a diner-style counter, a bar with beer and wine, lounges and a patio for casual dining during the hours that the driving range is open.

Shanahan is replacing the grass downrange with artificial turf, to lower watering and maintenance costs, and is fixing up the mini-golf course, he said.

“We’re trying for a May 21 opening, with a drop-dead date around Memorial Day,” Shanahan said. “Everything seems to be in order, and Bethel (Park) has been very cooperative.”

Phase 2 will involve building an indoor sports center with an artificial turf surface large enough for professional soccer or football games, he said. Beneath the removable turf will be a surface for basketball or volleyball games, and a mezzanine overhead will have an indoor track and fitness area for exercise or sports rehabilitation.

Shanahan is considering discounted memberships for Bethel Park residents, which would put him in competition with fitness clubs such as HealthTrax, the YMCA and the Community & Recreation Center in nearby Upper St. Clair.

“My understanding of that facility is that it will be dominated by sports training and youth sports,” said Kevin Sanker, executive director of the Bethel Park HealthTrax. “That puts them in a little different niche than our current market, which is mostly adult fitness.”

Shanahan said he is talking with several potential corporate sponsors for the indoor center, including a food and beverage vendor and one of the professional sports teams that might use the facility for practice and rehab assignments. Those sponsors led Shanahan to shelve a potential partnership with Canonsburg-based Bianco School of Baseball and to change plans for several baseball and softball fields around the edge of the property to multi-purpose fields.

The indoor sports center tentatively is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015.

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