CHARLESTON, W.Va. - What's left of the former Impulse nightclub at 205 Capitol St. isn't much to be excited about.
Debris is scattered throughout, and a layer of dust sits on the floors and what fixtures are left.
With little light from the front door and a handful of fixtures, much of the black- and blue-painted interior is hard to see.
The interior includes two levels. The first is a more open area, with most of the room open to a high ceiling. Bathrooms, also dark and dimly lit, are in the very back of the building. A staircase near the back of the old dance floor wraps around the back wall of the main club area, leading to a loft that was once intended to be a VIP lounge.
Come Sept. 1, the dark interior of the infamous nightclub will have undergone an about-face, both in decor and purpose.
Jeff Charles, owner of the iFITT24 gym in the Ashton Place shopping center, plans to open a second location downtown in the space that Impulse used to occupy.
The walls will be painted bright, vivid colors, and new lighting will be added throughout the building. Treadmills will take the place of one of the bars, and a strength training and free weight area will be where a dance floor once stood. The dingy bathrooms will be renovated into clean locker rooms and shower areas.
"People are very excited about it," said owner Charles, a native of the Cayman Islands who recently became a U.S. citizen.
Since starting renovations three weeks ago, Charles and his staff have removed both bars and hauled out a large chunk of the debris left by the club. Several walls will be removed before new fixtures are installed.
The gym will be open 24 hours a day, just like the Ashton Place location. Members use a pass code to gain entry when staff members aren't on site.
The gym's downtown spot will feature even more amenities than the one at Ashton Place because of the larger floor space. Charles said he plans to have a sauna, smoothie bar, tanning beds, a lounge area with wireless Internet and more showers and locker room space.
"It's a really nice big, open space," he said of the building.