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Cooper Hall in Saxonburg to become gym

Cooper Hall in Saxonburg has been rented to a local business. The last borough event there will be a polling place Nov. 8. Cary Shaffer/Butler Eagle
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The conundrum faced by the borough in renting out Cooper Hall, behind the Saxonburg Museum, has been solved, as a local business owner has signed a five-year lease.

Mary Papik, borough manager, confirmed on Tuesday that the borough council in September approved a lease of the 6,000-square-foot space to Body Genesis.

The fitness facility is now in a building on West Main Street in Saxonburg and will move to Cooper Hall at the end of December or beginning of January.

Papik said council members have been in discussions with Jonathan Johnson, Body Genesis owner, for five or six months.

To provide the upgrades and maintenance required at all facilities and grounds in Roebling Park, where Cooper Hall is located, council members had to raise prices significantly for the hall rental following the pandemic.

The number of rentals decreased following the price increase.

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