The landmark Results Gym at 1612 U Street NW will be closing its doors at the end of the month after 15 years at the location. The tale behind the closing has been aired in many regional publications including the City Paper, Washington Post and Washington Business Journal. (See Gym Wars: VIDA Fitness Gets Zoning Approval for U Street.)
In a nutshell, the building where Results is located is owned by David von Storch, a local entrepreneur with his own health club chain, VIDA Fitness. With Results’s lease on the space ending, it was the opportunity for VIDA to take over. Bang Salon, also part of von Storch’s business empire, already occupies part of the ground floor retail space. (He got his start in 1992 with Capitol City Brewing Company, which has three locations.)
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Once Results closes, the building will undergo an impressive $13 million renovation and expansion, and reopen as a VIDA Fitness. In addition to the gym and Bang Salon, an Aura Spa and restaurant will also be part of the complex. All entities are segments of von Storch’s Urban Adventures Companies, Inc. The renovation will also add a 60-foot rooftop pool complex that will be heated by re-captured heat from the HVAC systems.
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By the time many Washingtonians finish their August vacations, Doug Jefferies will have led three volunteer relief teams to Haiti. He will have been accompanied by a total of 25 volunteers, including friends as well as members and staff from Results Gym and Stroga. Jefferies owns both fitness companies.
The first team spent 18 days in July in Haiti. The second team just returned and the third team left Sunday for 18 days. So far, more than $8,000 has been donated through Results and Stroga.
The boots-on-the-ground reality of these missions is obviously much different than simply writing a check.
“The people participating in these trips are members of the community. Many haven’t done anything like this before and it’s always interesting to me to learn what drives people to sign on. This is more than donating cash. This takes much more of a physical and mental contribution on the part of the participant,” Jefferies said.
But, you don’t have to go to Haiti to help out. Donations are always being accepted and can be made online through the ResultsForHaiti.com. A drive for donated items like medical supplies, children’s clothing and diapers received an overwhelming response.
According to Jefferies, the teams do a number of things on the ground in Haiti: running education classes for children; assisting research units to help people overseas to get news of their families in Haiti; working in the construction area, helping families return to their homes; and, if qualified, assisting in the health, counseling and rehabilitation field.
The three flights to Haiti bring to 10 the number of relief trips led by Jefferies. The first two took place in August 2005 when 21 Result Gym members traveled to Sri Lanka as part of the Tsunami relief effort (raising $27,000 in donations as well). Next came five relief trips from 2006 to 2008 to Biloxi, MS; more than 30 volunteers worked on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
How did Jefferies get involved with Sri Lankan relief? “I wanted to do something more than just raise and donate money,” said Jefferies.
“We started speaking with NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] within a week of disaster and quickly signed on with Habitat for Humanity. We were their first ‘non-professional’ relief team to land in Sri Lanka. It was an eight-month coordination process.”
In a nutshell: Von Storch (who also owns the Capitol City Brewing Company restaurants) owns the 1612 U Street NW property, which is also the location of the original Results Gym location. Jeffries’ lease is up in early 2011 and Von Storch is taking over the space for another Vida Fitness location. (Full disclosure: I am a long-time, happy member of the Results location on U Street).
For background, read the Blade’s story from March 17, 2006, “Gay gym owners spar over Results’ U Street location; Results’ Jefferies says landlord von Storch is envious and ‘jealous’. The Washington Business Journal also had, Gym owners face space race in beefed-up market, on March 10, 2006.