The Kanawha County Commission is making strides in the development of the Capital Sports Center in downtown Charleston. Commissioner Ben Salango revealed that the commission has invested $5 million into an account with WesBanco at a 5.35% interest rate to fund the project, in addition to the $5 million already contributed by the City of Charleston.
According to Salango, Z&M Architects is currently working on preliminary designs for the facility, and a national group has been brought on board to ensure all necessary features are included. The acquisition of Macy’s has been completed and demolition of the building is expected to begin in the first week of April.
In addition to these investments, the commission plans to continue seeking additional funding for the project through grants and corporate donations. Commission president Lance Wheeler expressed his support for the project, comparing it to the Shawnee Sports Complex which was initially met with skepticism but has since been very successful. The commission is optimistic about the project’s potential and its impact on the community.