Abingdon council members approve $2.2M gift for new sports complex

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015

The Town of Abingdon, VA is now one step closer to getting a brand new sports complex.

Town council members voted unanimously to approve a $2.2 million gift from K-VA-T Food Stores to purchase land to build that new complex.

City leaders told News Channel 11 they plan on purchasing the land from the CEMA Coporation by the end of the year for what the town calls a “first-class” sports complex.

Some oppose the project because of its close proximity to the Virginia Creeper Trail.

Others complained about the process the town has taken to design the project and fund it.

“I’ll paraphrase Ricky Ricardo when he spoke to his wife Lucy and said, ‘folks – you got some splainin’ to do,” said David Winship.

The sports complex will be just across from a proposed Food City retail center off Interstate 81 at exit 17.

K-VA-T is the parent company of Food City.

Abingdon’s mayor says it will be about 6 months before any construction starts on the land and about two or three years before the project is finished.

Town leaders held Monday’s public hearing in the peak of holiday travel. If you missed the meeting, watch the link below for a recap.

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