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Goldfish Swim School planned on W. Streetsboro Street in Hudson

by Mike lesko | reporter Published: October 16, 2016 12:01 AM

Hudson -- An indoor recreational swim school is on the drawing board for a proposed building on W. Streetsboro Street.

The Hudson Planning Commission unanimously approved an application for a conditional use permit for the site Oct. 10.

About one-third of the entire building would house the Goldfish Swim School, a 7,732-square-foot structure at 725 W. Streetsboro St. where instructional swim lessons, special event swim parties and a competitive swim team are planned, according to city planner Greg Hannan. No outdoor activities are proposed as part of the use.

Hannan said nothing else has been proposed for the building yet. Goldfish Swim School would occupy the eastern portion of the building while the remaining area would be built and proposed for future tenants, he said.

The plan is for the multi-tenant facility to have 100 parking stalls and 33 landbanked stalls.

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The Hudson building is expected to open in the spring of 2017, according to Brian Gilbride, who represented Goldfish Swim School at the Oct. 10 meeting.

The next step is for the developer to submit final construction plans for review and then permits will be issued by the city, Hannan said.

Co-founders Chris and Jenny McCuiston plan year-round swim lessons for children four months to 12 years old and for swimmers of all abilities. Their curriculum is focused on teaching swimming and safety skills while building character.

According to the Goldfish Swim School website, "Our trained and certified swim instructors and our confidence-building curriculum combine to teach kids life-saving safety skills and develop a life-long love of swimming."

Goldfish Swim School is part of a franchise. There are 32 locations in nine states along with another proposed 23 locations in 17 states that are not open yet.

Ohio locations include Fairview Park, Warrensville Heights, Canton, Dublin, Westerville, Dayton and West Chester. In addition, there are nine locations in Michigan and 10 in Illinois.

The McCuistons have four children. Chris McCuiston is a former captain of the Michigan State University baseball team and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers organization. Jenny McCuiston was a 16-time high school state champion swimmer, a collegiate all-American at the University of Arizona and a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier.

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