Former Salvation Army building to convert into fitness center

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

By CHELSEA DAVIS Courier staff writer
Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — A former Salvation Army office will be transformed into a fitness center.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the city council approved the rezoning request of Ken Crosser, who purchased the building at 203 W. Fourth St. The property will be rezoned from an Office-Apartment District to a C-1 Retail Business District.

"We want to turn it into a fitness center for public and employee use," Crosser said.

At a meeting earlier this month, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the rezoning request "based on potential off-side impacts of a commercial use site," said Planning and Development Director Nick Klimek.

A group of nearby property owners and a landlord came forward at the commission's meeting with concerns that the rezoning to a commercial district would invite future bars or restaurants to move in should the fitness center vacate the property.

But the plan Crosser presented to the commission was a two-part request. The second part involved turning a nearby property into "transitional housing," which would include communal restrooms and kitchens with eight to 10 "dorm-style units."

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