New Albany health, fitness facility Heit Center now open, to all

Treadmills line the floor in an exercise area of the new facility, considered to be much more than a gym or community center.

Treadmills line the floor in an exercise area of the new facility, considered to be much more than a gym or community center.

First off, it’s not a gym. It’s not a community center, either.

You can call it either one, but someone will probably correct you, and anyway, neither description really does the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany justice.

“It’s a unique partnership, all focused on creating a center for health and wellness in the community,” said Mike Durik, the Heit Center’s interim executive director. “It’s a very different approach.”

This place is a hybrid, a 55,000-square-foot space where someone can jog on a treadmill, visit a doctor about a nagging cough, throw a wedding shower and meet up with friends for a game of mah-jongg.

And it’s finally open.