Entrepreneur Jay Naseem announced Monday a plan to convert warehouse space to open a six-court indoor squash facility at 9315 Snowden River Parkway in early November following the execution of a 12,982-square-foot lease with Ferneau Leblanc Investment Partners.
The Columbia Squash and Athletic Club joins three squash clubs operated by Naseem at locations in Potomac, McLean, Virginia, and Tysons, Virginia.
Kate Jordan, principal of Lee & Associates | Maryland, represented the tenant in this lease transaction.
The property is part of the three-building Snowden South business community composed of nearly 102,000 square feet of warehouse/industrial space. Fronting Snowden River Parkway, the facility is equipped with 24-foot ceiling heights and is located about 2 miles from Route 32 and 3 miles from Interstate 95.
Naseem said the facility in central Howard County effectively closes a huge gap in squash facilities between Baltimore and northern Virginia and takes advantage of the emerging groups of participants in the entire region. Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore closed July 30, eliminating 14 courts. Naseem said private schools in both markets are hard-pressed to find courts for its school teams.
According to the Sports & Fitness Association, there were more than 1.6 squash participants in the United States and the average annual growth of the sport over the past five years exceeded 4.3%. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association lists about 3,700 courts throughout the country.
The Columbia facility will also feature a fitness center and a massage area available to all players as well as the families of younger participants. The site will also offer players access to the “Play Squash Academy,” a program that targets juniors and staffed by internationally-recognized coaches such as Nouran El Torky, an Egyptian-born professional squash player, Victor Garcia from Mexico, Zahab Khan and Usmar Hassan from Pakistan, veteran Pro Hunt Richardson and Naseem himself, who also hails from Pakistan.
Naseem is the director of squash at the McLean Racquet & Health Club, Squash at Tysons and The Potomac Squash Club. He is a Level 2 Certified Coach for US Squash. His association with the McLean facility initiated in 2013, and the most recent location in Tysons opened in 2019. Between all four locations, Naseem will oversee 15 courts throughout the region.