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BRIDGEPORT >> As a seasoned climber, Mike Feinberg was running out of challenges to reach his potential, so he decided to build the East Coast’s highest climbing walls right in his own backyard.
A rock climbing aficionado since high school, the Lower Merion native had looked near and far for the right location to build the state of the art Reach Climbing Fitness and ultimately found it in his own backyard.
A partner at Penn Pen Del Real Estate in Bala Cynwyd, Feinberg realized, after searching for a site throughout the area, that the company’s own property at Bridgeport Business Park was the ideal location for his project.
“We like the up and coming aspect of Bridgeport and we think that Bridgeport is ripe for development,” Feinberg said. “There’s been a lot of activity there with the new restaurants and residential construction, so it’s a good place to do the climbing gym. This is a new area for us but we own and operate real estate all around the Philadelphia area, from apartment buildings and office space to self storage. There’s half a million feet within the park,
and we’re adding additional footage with this building.”
Reach Climbing Fitness will be built from the ground up in a setting that is largely made up of warehouses, and will feature lofty ceilings to accommodate the highest regulation climbing walls in the Northeast.
“There is no other gym like this anywhere near us with the amount of wall space we’re going to have and the height we’re going to have,” Feinberg explained. “Because of the uniqueness of the facility it will draw people from the city who don’t have the ability to climb on walls that high anywhere else in the region.”
As the sport has grown in recent years, there is no shortage of serious climbers all over the area who will no doubt be drawn to Reach Climbing, Feinberg pointed out.
“A lot of people do rock climbing for the fitness and to stay in shape, others do it for the training for outdoor rock climbing. It’s definitely a mix of people and demographics,” said Feinberg, who has known climbers from their teens into their 70s.
“I think a lot of people will gravitate to us who are currently climbing elsewhere. Climbing is going to be in the next summer Olympics and that just shows how the sport is gaining traction and gaining in popularity.”
The facility will also include treadmills and other cardio equipment, as well as weight training and yoga classes, and is expected to open in early fall at 401 E. Fourth St. in Bridgeport.