After more than four decades, the Green Spring Racquet Club is closing permanently this month to make way for a surgical center that will be built and operated by Johns Hopkins Medicine.
According to the Green Spring Racquet Club website, its final operating day will be April 30.
“The building will go away in the next couple of months. They will demolish it,” said racquet club owner Janet Paulsen in an interview shown on WJZ-TV.
Paulsen owns the for-profit racquet club business, but not the building or land. She’s also the president of a nonprofit organization that uses the club facilities, the Green Spring Tennis and Educational Foundation.
The educational foundation posted a message on the racquet club’s website saying the organization is hoping to build a sports complex in Owings Mills, but needs “strategic partners” to do so.
“For the past year, the GSTEF Board has been actively pursuing opportunities to build a new sports complex and has obtained a very generous land lease in Owings Mills, however the search for partners or donors has stalled,” the message says in part.
The proposed development would be located off Painters Mill Road on a seven-acre parcel between T. Rowe Price Associates and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, backing up to the McDonogh School campus.
“There is an urgent need in our community for this new sports complex,” the planners said in their message. “The GSTEF board has assembled an Advisory Board, which has developed preliminary plans for a complex that includes indoor tennis, a 200-meter indoor track, squash courts, a variety of classrooms, and boutique-style fitness and wellness studios. With the recent or imminent closings of many indoor tennis courts and the lack of an official 200-meter indoor track and field facility in the area, this proposed sports complex will fill a void in the Central Maryland community.”
Open since 1975 at 10803 Falls Road in Lutherville, the racquet club is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the area, with a mix of tennis, squash and racquetball courts and hundreds of members. The Baltimore Sun reports that Hopkins is planning to close on the property next month and begin building its medical facility this summer, with an opening planned for early 2019.
Paulsen told WJZ the new facility will cost $12 million, and she expressed optimism that a donor or donors will emerge. ”I think we can make it happen,” she said.
A farewell party for the racquet club will be held on April 22 from 7-11 p.m.