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Foss Swim School in Woodbury to move to larger space

A diagram showing the future location of Foss Swim School. Courtesy of the city of Woodbury

Foss Swim School in Woodbury has the OK to move to a larger location.

Woodbury City Council approved a permit allowing the swim school to move to a vacant space in the Woodbury Commons Shopping Center, 10150 Hudson Road, Suite 114.

The move will increase the amount of parking and ease overall space constraints for the school. The new location will include a larger pool, a greater number of changing stalls, shower rooms and bathrooms, and a larger viewing room and reception area.

Opening of the new location is planned in advance of the school's summer session, which begins June 8, said Chief Operating Officer Craig O'Halloran.

At a Jan. 14 Woodbury Planning Commission meeting, O'Halloran addressed concerns about a chlorine smell from the pool affecting other businesses, saying they "invest heavily" in a de-humidification system for the pool area and a "vapor barrier" that prevents moisture from penetrating other parts of the building.

"When you walk into a pool you should not smell a pool, and if you do, the air is not being circulated properly," O'Halloran said.

The space was formerly occupied by Outback Steakhouse, which closed in the spring of 2014.

The school's current location at 257 Rivertown Drive has been open since 2006.

Foss Swim School offers swimming classes and camps for children and adults of all abilities and has locations throughout Minnesota and Illinois.

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.

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