(Fairlea, W.Va.) WVVA - Governor Justice is recommending $2 million of state funding be put towards an aquatic center in Greenbrier County.
The Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center was an idea developed by students at Greenbrier East five years, but community members took the idea and ran with it, so far raising $4 million. Wednesday the Governor announced he is recommending an additional $2 million of funding from the West Virginia Jobs and Infrastructure Council. The recommendation is still awaiting approval.
Development of the $6 million project has been a steep climb, helped along by a land lease with the state fair of West Virginia. If built, the Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center will need one-thousand family memberships at $55 dollars per month to cover operational costs, that's according to Jamie Hamilton, the Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center's Director of Community and Donor Engagement. The $4 million raised so far is split across 330 donations.
Governor Justice said a decision from the West Virginia Jobs and Infrastructure Council on the council will be made in the "near future".
If the recommendation is approved the Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center will reach it's $6 million fundraising goal for construction costs. The groundbreaking would start May 1st with the goal of being operational mid to late summer of 2021.