By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Some confusion tonight regarding notices sent to past/present members of the former Allstar Fitness club at 2629 SW Andover in North Delridge.
We’ve heard from three people so far who received the notices in postal mail today and assumed they have something to do with current concerns at what has since last March been West Seattle Athletic Club.
The new notices do NOT have anything to do with current ownership.
They are part of the pre-existing bankruptcy proceedings for West Seattle Fitness, the official name of the ownership from the club was Allstar Fitness. You might recall that back before the club was sold to its current ownership, the previous ownership had been going through bankruptcy proceedings (here’s our coverage archive, newest to oldest) and there was some discussion of when members should get notices regarding those proceedings. According to images of the court documents in the new notices, they relate to a hearing December 20th on setting the amounts to be paid to people involved with those bankruptcy proceedings, including the trustee who for a time oversaw the former Allstar Fitness, and lawyers. The notices invite recipients to respond, and note that if no responses are received, the motions might be granted without a hearing.
We just checked the online file for that pre-existing bankruptcy case involving the prior owners, and that appears to be all that is going on (although we urge you to review anything you receive for you reading any legal-type notices you receive.
Separately, after a flurry of e-mails from members in recent days, we have been checking on the situation with the club under current ownership.
Members who e-mailed WSB have made multiple mentions of concerns, from instructors leaving amid claims of bouncing checks, to missing amenities such as towel-service interruption and soapless showers, to a lack of water service at the club for at least part of two days, most recently November 20th. One member who exhaustively detailed what she did and was told upon discovery of that problem that day says a staffer claimed it had something to do with locker-room repairs.
We have been continuing to check court records, watching for any evidence of filings involving the club’s current ownership; we found September and October warrants for unpaid state taxes, with no indication of whether the situations had been remedied. We took questions about that and the other aforementioned problems directly to the club’s current owner, Sam Adams, who answered promptly, but only to tell us that he would not comment on anything we asked about. (We have since filed a public-disclosure request with the city to find out more about the water-service interruption, as Seattle Public Utilities said otherwise it cannot comment on specific customers’ situations.)
Following what was described by multiple sources as an emergency meeting between club ownership and some club personnel/instructors last week, members told us a notice went up promising improvements, and one member has since sent us an image of the notice:
Adams’ company has been dealing with problems in two other areas where it operates – Tacoma (the News-Tribune reported last week that some employees there say their checks have bounced). Earlier this month, The Oregonian reported that one of the company’s clubs in Portland had been evicted.
But again, the notices some have received in postal mail today are related to the longrunning bankruptcy proceedings involving the prior owners, under the business name West Seattle Fitness – not the current ownership, known as West Seattle Athletic Club/Oregon Athletic Clubs.