"We don't have those things downtown," he said, "and I think we need that downtown."
Molgaard said the building is moving in the right direction. After a stabbing outside the Impulse nightclub earlier this year, Mayor Danny Jones said he wanted the club closed. The club's owner turned in her state liquor license in February.
"There has been some negative energy around this space, but there has been some positive energy," Molgaard said. "It's good to see the pendulum swing back toward the positive side of the equation."
Members can start using the downtown facility THIS Friday morning. Charles said various membership options will be available to purchase. The traditional membership, which does not include tanning, massages or smoothies, is $45.
If his second gym is a success, Charles said, he might look into adding other locations in West Virginia. He said he hopes the new fitness options will increase residents' willingness to workout.
"I can't drag people here to work out, but I can make it available," he said. "When I opened my first gym, my goal was really to change Charleston, one body at a time."
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