The first floor of a children’s gym remains closed, despite a promise that it was to have reopened by now — seven weeks after the Fire Department shut it down.
Powerplay, a frequently packed indoor gym on Third Avenue at Seventh Street, was closed after a Fire Department inspection revealed a lack of permits and a shortage of fire exits.
Also at issue was a day-care center that had been temporarily housed at the gym, despite the lack of a permit to operate there.
Once the day-care center was relocated, Powerplay was able to re-open its top floor on Feb. 3 — but the first-floor gymnastics facility, a resource for Park Slope and Carroll Gardens’ budding gymnasts, is still closed.
The reason? A missing fire exit.
“We have to get a second door cut there,” admitted Robert Garcia, co-owner. “We’d like to do that ASAP, but it’s not possible yet.”
Garcia and his partner estimate that they have lost $50,000 during the forced closure, but promise to take care of their longtime customers.
“We extended the term of classes that were interrupted during the closure,” Garcia said.
Many gym users remain suspicious, given that Powerplay initially was vague about the situation and gave conflicting information depending on which day you called.
But at least one customer said she was satisfied.
“Powerplay refunded the money for my son’s birthday and apologized,” said Evie Rabeck, who had scheduled a birthday party for her 3-year-old son Sidney that had to be cancelled.
A new term of classes will now begin next week.
©2007 Community News Group
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