LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The former Sanborn Studios building is being converted from a movie studio into Jumpin Fun Sports, a giant trampoline park at 7321 Trade Court in the Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park.
Workmen were on site this week getting the building ready for the hoped-for June opening, said Jumpin Fun owner Brett Morrow, 49, of Sarasota. Much of the building was vacant, which makes renovations easy, Morrow said.
The 26,000-square foot building with its 30-foot tall ceilings, and 80 tons of air conditioning provide the space he was seeking, Morrow said.
Jumpin Fun will feature 13,000-square-feet of trampoline space, as well as dodgeball, basketball and volleyball facilities, as well as fitness
classes, Morrow said.
"The emphasis will be on celebrating birthdays," he said. "We will be creating a culture where we will wow them on their special day."
Lakewood Ranch Trampoline Sports Center LLC leased the building from owner William Lindberg.
Jeff Button with Richardson, Klieber, Walter Real Estate represented the tenant while Brad Lindberg with Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group represented the landlord.
Jumpin Fun Sports will be open seven days a week, and hours will be adjusted seasonally, Morrow said.
The more than 700,000 people in the Manatee-Sarasota area will be the target market for the new center, but Morrow said he believes it could pull from as far north as the Tampa area and south to Port Charlotte.
Morrow has been a resident of the local area since 1982. He and his wife Amy have two teenage children.
Morrow previously owned Absolute Window and Shutter in Venice for 10 years and more recently The Shooting Zone, a basketball training facility in Sarasota.
Sanborn Studios leased the Trade Court property from 2010 to 2011. Sanborn received a $650,000 grant from Sarasota County for movie production, but has yet to market a finished film, the Herald previously reported.
While Sanborn was the best-known previous tenant of the building, it has a history going back to 1999.
William Lindberg constructed the building and its first use was as a telecommunications distribution center for the cable TV industry, said Brad Lindberg.
"Lakewood Ranch is a great, safe community for Jumpin Fun," Lindberg said.
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James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021 or tweet @jajones1.