Bluefield Downtown Wellness Center

Bluefield Downtown Wellness Center

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Ashamed Citizen

Spanishburg, WV

#1 Jun 17, 2010
Today is a sad day as we found out the Wellness Center closed its doors. No wonder why everyone is moving out of the sorry town we know as Bluefield. We have nothing in this town. Why cant the city build a new state of the art Fitness center like Tazwell and Princeton has ?
Jeep

Spanishburg, WV

#2 Jun 17, 2010
Why did it close ? Sad another business gone from bluefield !
taz

Athens, WV

#3 Jun 17, 2010
because too damn much old money in this town, falling down buildings in a valley. Princeton and Tazewell have nice flat land with no limit on the expansiveness of their developement. These ratty buildings around Blfd need condemed and torn down, the owners are probably ancient or long gone. The city planners and mgmt need to make rules and follow thru, if u owe back taxes or if the building hasnt been inhabited by humans and not rodents in 5 or 10 years, flatten it!
taz

Athens, WV

#4 Jun 17, 2010
The building across the street is looking great though..wonder what's going in the old Mahood bldg?
I know

Princeton, WV

#5 Jun 17, 2010
I do not know why the center closed but here may be some possible factors,they did have exercise equipment BUT had NO water facilities,a pool is almost a given for a really good center,they had no game courts either another minus....the Greater community Center has offered these and is in a better part of town.Yes the fact that Princeton has that nice center possibly is a factor.

I totally agree that Bluefield needs to CONDEM some of the run down structures...condem them and flatten them...I still say let the firefighters BURN THEM-where this can be done and use it for training.

I was never so glad to see anything like I was the Matz go down.That place was a total eyesore in it's good days and a horrible blight and eyesore to see entering the town.I was shocked at people wanting to preserve...preserve what? it was a flophouse at best and the biggest mistake was the fire dept putting out the fire when it caught fire....the fire that closed it...they should have just made sure everyone was out and protected anything nearby AND LET IT BURN....
For many years one could notice the side showing damage and all the while people wanting to "preserve"it.
MyOhMy

United States

#6 Jun 17, 2010
That really sucks. I've never been in the community center and really have no intentions of going there. I hate it that the wellness center closed. Bluefield really does need a nice place. Hope somebody reopens the wellness center, it's not that great, didn't have the best equipment, and isn't in the best neighborhood, but it sure felt like home.
taz

Athens, WV

#7 Jun 17, 2010
Agree...glad the Matz is best preserved in the old pictures.
Another beef I have, and is probably also a beef of lots of people across the country..who lets stores like Walmart and Lowes, build these ugly as hell stores, and then move out and leave them as vacant signs of times gone by. They should have to leave the land like they found it and take the gawdy metal stores with them!
member

San Francisco, CA

#8 Jun 18, 2010
There is a sign on the door that says it closed due to lack of community support and finances. It also says that all bank drafts will be stopped after 06/16. Funny how the "powers that be" decided to close two days after they withdrew our money from our accounts on the 15th. The Wellness Center may not have been one of the nicer facilities in the area, but it was one that not only myself but some of my friends called home. We felt very comfortable going there and all the people were always so friendly. Hopefully someone will step up and reopen the facility but I will not get my hopes up. This will just end up being another empty building in Bluefield.
Speed Runner

Oakvale, WV

#9 Jun 18, 2010
The owners of the wellness center are dirty ppl for the way they just walked in told everyone to leave and shut the doors. They didn't have no problems taking my money from my bank acct. On the 15th. The owners never put any money into the building to keep it up to date, they kept letting it go and that's what happens. Feel sorry for all the members, they deserve much better !
HmmmmHmmmmHmm

United States

#10 Jun 18, 2010
I thought the wellness center was a nonprofit organization now? If thats the case wouldn't the board have to make that decision? Anybody know what the straw was that broke the camels back?
jake

Spanishburg, WV

#11 Jun 18, 2010
HmmmmHmmmmHmm wrote:
I thought the wellness center was a nonprofit organization now? If thats the case wouldn't the board have to make that decision? Anybody know what the straw was that broke the camels back?
they lost the support from the hospital.
I know

Princeton, WV

#12 Jun 18, 2010
I can agree...Frist off any orginization has to from time to time put money into updates and plain UPKEEP.Ultimately this is POOR MANAGMENT and goes back to the "board" and you are right the members sure deserved better.They should have been informed it was closing and the drafts should have stopped in a timely manner so they only paid for what they used...nothing more.

This is a problem it seems with many orginizations...they put up a building and then NEVER put a penny into maintenance,updates or plain upkeep.I feel it is a sort of mindset,in churches,public structures and other places, and if you look you may find some of the same people on all committes.

Groups build something out of a edifice complex, they should realize what they build has to be HEATED-COOLED-MAINTAINED-ROOFE D-and in general updated.Things do wear out in time.

YOU DO NOT BUILD SOMETHING THAT YOU CANNOT KEEP UP!

Possibly the addition of the Princeton center as well may have drawn people there-----there are only a certain number of people that will use this type of facility in the first place ...here or anywhere....with the Princeton center and the Greater Bluefield Community Center and the Wellness center and the one in Tazwell all competing AND offering more facilities this is a BIG factor.

Rarely will people be able to pay for multiple memberships, so for them they have to decide "What do I use- or what will WE use?" and WHO offers this- and for family memberships ( with kids) I will guarantee they want pool facilities...so it is competition and bottom line if you snooze you loose.

When you have leadership that is stuck in a timewarp and never is open to change -what happens??YOU DIE.
Taz

Oakvale, WV

#13 Jun 18, 2010
The board members who ran the wellness center sucks!
crazyone

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Jun 18, 2010
how do we get our stuff out!!!!!
member

Port Republic, VA

#15 Jun 19, 2010
News articles have said that it took between $9 and $10,000 a month to operate the Wellness Center and that they had 5 employees and 4 trainers. I am sure if they would have explained to the 250 members that an increase in membership was needed to keep the place open, they would not have had a problem with it. I know I would not have. Those 250 members were at this facility and not some other facility for a reason and if paying more meant keeping it open, then most would have probably done it. Look at other ways to cut expenses such as decreasing hours the center was open and not that I want to see anyone lose their job, but cut back on the staff. Yes I am upset that my account was drafted for my membership just two days before the closing, but I am more upset that I can no longer go to the one place I felt most comfortable going to.
I know

Princeton, WV

#16 Jun 19, 2010
I can fully agree...the one big thing is there have been too many centers opening in the area...there are only so many that will use these and every time one opens it heightens the competition and limits the users.However there are some that would have continuesd to use this.This was handled very poorly....there should have been NOTICE given-this was probably something looming for a while so members should have had at least a couple of weeks notice.They should have looked at staffing cuts(9 seems overkill)and reducing hours in order to bring budget in line.There I am sure are times they could have cut operating hours or taken other cost cutting options,demand is different at different times in the year I agree but that is -WHEN YOU MANAGE-maybe there were things offered that just did not pay off then drop these and keep what people use.Watch staffing as this is easily overkill in ANY orginization,there were I feel ways to MANAGE through this even without having to close.

I doubt they could double their membership....there is an oversurplus in the area with Tazewell's new facility and the big one in Princeton and the greater Bluefield Community center& wellness center that may well have been too many for the number that would regularly use.

I as well feel that there may have been things they were trying to offer that were not well used...these should have long ago been eliminated to save costs....you sometimes have to drop things that do not go over well to keep what is working and this you try before driving the facility to close.
sad member

Spanishburg, WV

#17 Jun 19, 2010
why can bluefield get a nice gym like princeton has ?
Gbcc

Frisco, TX

#18 Jun 19, 2010
sad member wrote:
why can bluefield get a nice gym like princeton has ?
look at the people in this town workingout and being in shape isn't on the top list Of things to do for people in the area.
I know

Princeton, WV

#19 Jun 19, 2010
It is simple.....to many private agendas...to many has been --hold outs What is needed here is ONE and I say ONE(1)) really nice fitness center to serve in all areas. You have a limited number of people that use this and in truth BOTH the welness center and the so called Greater Bluefield Community center should have(long ago) closed & consolodated and then you can have ONE really nice-really first class-really up to date-- center as does Princeton.There are far too many"special interest" groups,wanting to keep "dead entities" going.

Unfortunately it does take members to keep doors open so if an area has some 500 that are interested you are dividing them up at best by 2 and then divide again as people will tend to join a facility that does offer what they like to do.

I would not be at all surprised if some people did not renew their membership at EITHER facility and joined at Princeton or maybe Tazewell.

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#20 Jun 19, 2010
Speed Runner wrote:
The owners of the wellness center are dirty ppl for the way they just walked in told everyone to leave and shut the doors. They didn't have no problems taking my money from my bank acct. On the 15th. The owners never put any money into the building to keep it up to date, they kept letting it go and that's what happens. Feel sorry for all the members, they deserve much better !
I would certainly tell your bank to reverse that. Maybe they need a lawsuit bought up against them.

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