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Contact 9: Powerhouse Gym

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Signs promoting a $1 enrollment fee and $20 per month membership plans at Powerhouse Gym have been up for months on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

The brand new gym was set to have a Jan. 13 grand opening. One member, who asked not to be identified, signed up in October.

"We thought, 'Okay, three months it'll be ready,'" the woman said. "New Year's resolution, you know, get in shape. Well, New Year's came around. They didn't open."

She said she paid $59 up front and some of her friends paid up to $700 for a full year's membership. Now, she said she's aggravated she can't start her workouts at Powerhouse.   

The woman is not alone. Dozens of people are taking their frustrations to the gym's Facebook page.

Randy Young, the gym's general manager, said delays like this are normal.

"This will be my 109th gym," he said. "The original day was January 13th. The average gym in America opens between three months and six months late."  

The construction was on target for the January opening, according to Young, but problems with contractors slowed things down.

"When we first started the project we started with a contractor that was going to be a partner. [We] had problems with that contractor. He was building without permits," Young explained.

City records show the department does not currently have permits on file to continue building Powerhouse Gym and in December, a stop-work order was issued.

Young said he will have permits in the next couple of days and the gym should open in 30 days. That's two months after paid members planned to break a sweat in the gym. 

"You have other gyms in the area that have opened up in less time than this one has," one member said. "It was supposed to be a state-of-the-art place. I ain't seen it."

Powerhouse insists the gym will be worth the wait and invited the news crew to tour the facility in the next couple of weeks to show progress.  

Young said members will not be billed until the gym opens.

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