Gym Wars: A Look at Vida Plans for 1612 U Street

by Borderstan.com — September 14, 2009 at 7:21 am 0

Vida Fitness at 1517 15th Street NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Vida Fitness at 1517 15th Street NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

The Washington Business Journal has yet another article on the “gym wars” saga between Vida Fitness and Results with a piece last Friday, “Vida Fitness owner David von Storch offers grand vision for U St. club.” (See earlier posting, Results vs Vida: A “Gym Wars” Update.)

Fitness and brew pub entrepreneur David von Storch is planning the most elaborate branch of his Vida Fitness chain for 1612 U St. NW, a 40,000-square-foot building already the headquarters of von Storch’s various operations: Vida, Capital City Brewing Co. and Bang salons.

Will there really be a rooftop pool? From a streetscape-perspective, the interesting thing is that a drawing of the planned expansion shows the open space (currently a parking slab) between 1612 U Street and Stetson’s Bar at 1610 U Street being filled in by the 1612 expansion.

Read WBJ article.


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