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Two businesses set to open in Springfield

Car lot, crossfit training plans get approval from city board.

Two new businesses are expected to open in Springfield after receiving approval from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

Champion City Crossfit, a personal training and fitness center, could open as early as next month, according to Eric Howard, a co-owner of the business. Members of the BZA last week also approved a conditional use permit for a used auto lot at 429 S. Limestone Street.

Both companies had sought conditional use permits and met the conditions required to receive approval, said Bryan Heck, planning and zoning administrator for Springfield. Craig’s Auto Sales will be located in a vacant facility that was previously a pool hall, according to co-owner Todd Craig. The existing building on the property will be used as office space for the business, and there is ample parking for both customers and for the display and sales of vehicles, according to information from the city. The auto lot will be accessible from South Limestone Street and East Pleasant Street.

Craig said he is moving the business, which previously sat near the intersection of Mitchell Boulevard and North Belmont Avenue. It could open near the end of this month.

“I think it will be a better location with more traffic,” Craig said.

Champion City Crossfit will be located in a vacant space at 14 E. North St. and could open near the end of October, Howard said.

Unlike a traditional gym, Crossfit includes a combination of weights, cardio and other activities for customers to improve their overall fitness. Sessions for clients are scheduled in advance, and each visit includes assistance from a personal trainer. Customers can also receive a discount by agreeing to a longer-term contract.

Crossfit is becoming more popular, but the nearest location is at least 30 miles away, Howard said.

“We’re really trying to bring something new to Springfield,” Howard said.

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