"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness
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Soccer complex bids reviewed

February 22, 2008

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Ground could be broken for a new soccer complex in Henry County during the next few weeks, according to The Harvest Foundation.

The complex will be built near the U.S. 58 Bypass/Irisburg Road (Virginia 650) intersection. Although the Southern Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority will own and operate the complex, The Harvest Foundation is funding it and overseeing construction plans.

Estimates place the construction cost at about $8.5 million.

Right now, the foundation is evaluating bids from firms interested in being the general contractor for the complex, said foundation Assistant Executive Director Allyson Rothrock.

There has been “a lot of interest” among contractors, including some who are local and some from outside Henry County and Martinsville, she said.

The foundation expects to announce the winning bidder soon, Rothrock said, adding that design plans for the complex will be released at that time.

If all goes as planned, she said, she expects ground will be broken on the facility within five to six weeks.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it get started,” said Dennis Toney, director of the recreational facilities authority. “We’re anxious” to see it built.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved $425,000 in state recreation access funds for Henry County to build an access road into the complex, according to County Administrator Benny Summerlin.

The county’s board of supervisors aims to spend an extra $140,000 on the access road construction for a total project cost of $565,000.

In addition, the county plans to spend about $200,000 to upgrade Irisburg Road near the complex, including the installation of turn lanes.

The recreation facilities authority also will own and operate an 80,000-square-foot indoor sports arena/field house to be built at the corner of Fayette and Market streets in uptown Martinsville.

Plans for that facility, which The Harvest Foundation also is funding, are in development, officials have said.

The cost of the arena/field house has been estimated at $16 million.




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