- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The owners of a former motorcycle clubhouse in Fort Wayne are working to transform the two-story building into a yoga studio.

Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s former local clubhouse was purchased last month for $36,000. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (https://bit.ly/1paMpHk ) reports that the property was listed for $49,900 late last year after the federal government seized it in September following an FBI raid in May 2013.

Luke Messmann, who will manage the business, was preparing the building last week for an extensive remodel. He plans to spend about $25,000 on new windows, doors, floors and paint.

“That will be one of the first things we do as soon as it gets nice out,” he said of the medium-blue paint chosen for the building’s exterior. “We want it to really change so people aren’t nervous to come in.”

Messmann hopes to create a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor where visiting yoga instructors can stay overnight for a few weeks.

Lori Bannister, who owns a nearby salon, says she’s happy to have a yoga studio move into the neighborhood.

“I was just really excited to see something healthy come down here on Main Street, not just bars,” she said. “I’ve told quite a few of my clients about it, and they’re really excited, too.”

The still-unnamed yoga studio is set to open in June or July.


Information from: The Journal Gazette, https://www.journalgazette.net

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