Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017
 

Gay-owned gym in SF receives permit approval

The vacant warehouse-like space at this building, located in the city's Potrero Hill area, is set to become a gay-owned gym.

The vacant warehouse-like space at this building, located in the city’s Potrero Hill area, is set to become a gay-owned gym.

The gay men behind Fitness Urbano are one step closer to opening their gym in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood.

At its meeting this afternoon (Thursday, December 18), the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously voted 7-to-0 to approve the gym’s permits. Work can now commence to turn the 6,600 square foot warehouse space at 80 Missouri Street into a home for yoga, Zumba, and mixed martial arts conditioning classes.

“Many new residents are coming into this area. It is a great opportunity for a non-formula-retail gym,” said Larry Badiner, the city’s former zoning administer who is now a consultant and spoke on behalf of the gym owners.

The gym faced no opposition, and the commissioners quickly moved to approve the project.

“Yeah, I am in favor of it, it has all the right things,” said commissioner Michael Antonini.

As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a story published today, longtime friends Kevin McCullough and Luis Chirinos teamed up last year to launch the business.

Since 2012 Chirinos, who grew up in Venezuela and studied to be a mechanical engineer, has been looking to open his own place. He moved to California in 2000 and has been working as a personal fitness instructor and massage therapist through his business Physical Change.

McCullough, who first met Chirinos 10 years ago, is a massage therapist whose studio Body and Form is in the Castro.

The pair signed a five-year lease for the gym space and will be hiring a contractor to remodel the interior and build locker rooms and shower facilities.

They both plan to transition their current client base to the new gym once they open their doors, which they hope will be sometime between March and May of next year. They are also recruiting other personal fitness trainers and massage therapists to operate out of their gym.

— Matthew S. Bajko, December 18, 2014 @ 2:04 pm PST
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