Ron and Maxine Isaly saw all five of their children and several of their grandchildren attend school at Hannibal Elementary. They knew the building was a hub of the Hannibal community, and when it was closed and auctioned off after the new River Elementary was built, they recognized the value and purchased the building.
Since the building was vacated by the school district in March, the Isaly family (including Ron, his brother and several of Ron and Maxine’s children) have been hard at work painting the entire school, waxing all the floors, and repairing things when needed. “It needed a lot of improvement,” Maxine said. The couple also installed new lighting and put ductless air conditioning and heating systems in all 10 classrooms.
With all their hard work making the building look like new, the couple was ready to seek a return on their investment. In recent months, they formed RNB Hannibal Development LLC, and they have now opened the Hannibal Professional Center, where space can be rented or leased for those seeking office or retail space.
Still in its infancy, the Hannibal Professional Center already boasts several tenants. Many family members have started businesses in the building, and an oil and gas company operating locally has rented office space in the center.
Perhaps the most impressive of the center’s tenants is the Isaly Fitness Center LLC, operated by Rick and Karla Isaly. The couple is leasing three former classrooms on the bottom floor of the center to operate a 24/7 gym. “We tried to break things up into three different rooms to target different fitness levels and work-outs,” said Karla.
The fitness center features all brand new equipment free weights, selectorize weight-lifting equipment, ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, rowers, etc. The center also features an impressive Fitness on Demand program that can stream from 85 videos and project the fitness programs on a large screen in the one room, which is left with an open floor area for aerobic activities or things like yoga or pilates.
The fitness center’s 24/7 structure has led to a lot of business in its first few weeks. “It’s been very popular. People can work out at their convenience,” said Karla. She noted that there are no other 24/7 gyms in the area, making that a selling point for their facility. Rick said there are multiple security cameras in place as well as key card locks to secure the facility for those wishing to work-out late.