Council has approved the rezoning of a former church building for use by a growing Trail business.
A public meeting on the moving of Get Focus Personal Training Studio into the former Family Worship Centre at 1700 Third Avenue turned up no opposition to the move, prompting Trail city council to approve a bylaw on the rezone.
The owners — Raquel and John Petrunia — had proposed purchase of the property previously occupied by the church in order to re-locate their business and personal residence.
Currently, Get Focus operates from rented premises on Cedar Ave., a location proving to be too small in order to grow the business.
The building on Third Avenue was not presently zoned appropriately for the intended use, having originally been developed for church purposes. It was currently zoned institutional.
Because the fitness facility would be operated on a for-profit basis, a commercial zone designation was required.
A city staff report noted the change should not significantly impact the neighbouring properties since the church and a private school have operated there for many years. “Further, there is sufficient off-street parking available onsite to meet the requirements for the proposed use,” the report read.
Twelve off-street stalls will be provided on the property.