Quincy’s Licensing Board has unanimously approved a 24-hour fitness facility in Quincy, despite earlier concerns from councilors that the facility might attract crime.
In a decision issued Tuesday, Licensing Board members approved the Anytime Fitness facility, located at 475 Hancock St., under the condition that the applicant returns to the board in six months to give a progress report.
The check-in was done at the request of Ward 5 City Councilor Kirsten Hughes, who initially had concerns about the facility’s 24-hour format.
Yet in a letter sent to the board prior to Tuesday’s meeting, Hughes supported the facility and asked for the check-in date to make sure there were no issues.
Hughes did not immediately return calls for comment.
According to Joseph Shea, who is Licensing Board chairman and city clerk, the city doesn’t expect any problems.
“They are a foolproof system. The police chief was not concerned. It's in the middle of the plaza way off the street. There is nothing behind it with the railroad tracks,” he said. “One person there from 540 Hancock [Street] opposed. If they allowed it to open then all night gas stations will get toehold. But its completely inside…they have a system where you go in but no one makes noise. The gas stations are outside.”
The establishment will join two 7-11s in Quincy that are open 24 hours. Although the city used to have diners that were open all the time, they have closed.
Anytime Fitness has facilities in Melrose, Easton, and Kingston.
According to Matthew Gulino, one of the partners for the new Anytime Fitness franchise in Quincy, the hope is to open the facility by December.
“If all goes as planned with the building permits, at this point with the design I’d like to see it open in December, hopefully Dec. 1,” he said.
Gulino will own the franchise with partner Chris Charron, who has owned the Anytime Fitness in Medway for the past four years.
The concept has been successful there, and Gulino anticipates success in Quincy.
“Health is a service everybody needs,” he said. “A proper exercise program, regardless of the concept of the facility. And that’s what we hope to bring to the area, more knowledge.”
For more information about Anytime Fitness, visit their website.