In the blink of an eye you may just miss the grey building that's tucked away between a single family home and the interstate in Woodlawn.
But this small building will be home to ChristFit, a gym dedicated to giving area teens a place to workout. The price: community service.
Co-owner Lehman Harris' uncle used to own the building and in the 1940's it was the Rebuilder Shoe Shop. Harris is hoping his new venture will be a rebuilder of its own.
"There's a need for getting kids active again and we just prayed about it and we saw that the Woodlawn area that these kids need something to do besides play video games," said Harris.
After visiting a Cross Fit gym last year Harris thought about opening a similar gym in Woodlawn. The workouts would be the same but the concept behind it would benefit teens.
"They will earn their membership through community service. Volunteering in their church or doing work in the local Dream Center," Harris said.
Woodlawn Community President Arnold King has watched the one time shoe shop transform.
"It's going to have a major impact. I mean in the last five years we've had a lot of revitalizations," King said.
King says it's efforts like the opening of the gym that will help Woodlawn come back to life. Not to mention, revamping of buildings off of 1st Avenue North.
"Once good people stand up and say they have had enough of all the problems and once we unite as a community we can make changes," said King.
Harris said those changes start inside his ChristFit gym. He said reaching out to the younger generation is the first step in changing the Woodlawn area.
ChristFit will also offer an organic garden and literacy programs and is set to open in November.
If you would like more information about joining or volunteering you can contact Lehman Harris at email@example.com or 205-603-8510.
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