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Old 06-20-2012, 08:20 AM   #1
Brian Zimmerman
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Acquiring our first permanent location...

So we've come to the point we are ready to get into our first permanent location, after renting hourly for some time. We've been poking around compiling a list of possible places and we know how much we are looking to spend. Who should we be talking to before we head out and start looking at spaces. Township? Attorneys? Who do we need to speak with ensuring we are even searching in the right zoning? And possibly who we should avoid Haha.

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Old 06-20-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: Acquiring our first permanent location...

There are people called Tenet Representatives (think of a buyer agent in a residential sale) that can be helpful. You want to make sure that is all they do is represent tenets otherwise they will just show you buildings where their company represents the landlord as well. They get paid by the land lord if you sign a lease.

Also you need to make sure zoning and building codes are correct. Here in AZ the final thing you get is an occupancy permit that says it is OK to be open and have the public in your gym.

Make everything contingent on the occupancy permit. My neighboring gym had their opening pushed back a couple of months due to permitting problems. Their general contractor made some mistakes. All very expensive.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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Re: Acquiring our first permanent location...

Awesome looking for a representative and/or attorney currently.

Where might I go to find zoning and building codes? If the space we are looking at doesn't need any build out(like the first one we looked at), would the most recent Certificate of Occupancy be transferable?
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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Re: Acquiring our first permanent location...

it depends.
Down here in Virginia - almost everything is available online.
The city's zoning map shows all of the different areas of town that are zoned, and then there is a label of the type of zone applied to each area. Once you determine what zone you are in, then you can look for the written descriptions of what the permitted uses and special uses are for that zone. Of course, if it is not zoned properly for your required use, you can usually apply for a variance.

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Old 06-23-2012, 11:18 AM   #5
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Re: Acquiring our first permanent location...

I would caution relying upon relying upon a real estate agent for correct information about zoning issues. There was a cf gym in my neck of the woods that was assured by the realtor that the place they were going to lease was zoned for a gym. Turned out it wasn't (after they had already signed the lease) and the city wouldn't grant the occupancy permit until the zoning issue was resolved.

Most zoning information is available on-line. An attorney is always helpful, as not only would they know the ins and outs of the zoning issues, but can help you negotiate the lease. As suggested above, it is a good idea to have the lease contingent upon issuance of an occupancy permit, especially if it is the landlord that is doing the build-out.
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