A soccer complex is coming to Roanoke after neighbors in the area fought another proposal to build a propane gas terminal on the same land.
WSLS reported back in August, a Missouri-based company called Inergy wanted to put $3.6 million into the project, but the company withdrew it's re-zoning request.
Mark Powell, the president of the Southeast Action Forum, says many of the neighbors in the area are thrilled. They say this option is safer and more family-friendly.
Andrew Gentiluomo with Valley AFC youth soccer club says 4 acres of land in southeast Roanoke will be used to develop a world-class, community friendly, regional soccer complex.
Gentiluomo says the group entered a long-term lease agreement with 'The Industrial Development and Investment Company.'
The space will offer room for one full-sized field and two smaller ones for players eight and under. but the long term goal is to have 8 to 10-fields on the rest of the 30-acres of land.
Gentiluomo says there should be a big economic boosts with people pouring in to town for big soccer tournaments.
"Regardless of whether you're a soccer fan or not what it brings to the economy is something that has a family flavor ," Valley AFC coach, Andrew Gentiluomo says.
The new soccer complex will accommodate the 2,300 players in the club
The group plans to have their first event celebrating the new fields in the upcoming weeks.
Here's the release:
VALLEY AFC TO BUILD REGIONAL SOCCER COMPLEX: Land Agreement Confirmed
Valley AFC confirms the long-term lease of approximately 4 acres of land from Industrial Development & Investment Company (IDICO) for the purpose of developing a world-class, community friendly, regional soccer complex. The proximity of this park-like phase-1development will be adjacent to an additional 35 acres of developable land, the Roanoke River Greenway and within 1-mile of downtown Roanoke, Mill Mountain and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
This project underscores Valley AFC's 30-year history of developing soccer programs for all ages, abilities and interest levels throughout the Roanoke Valley. The long-term vision for this exciting development is to yield multiple, high-quality playing fields and related facilities to be used for player development, games, regional tournaments and soccer camps. This is also a commitment to improving Roanoke's quality of life by supporting youth activities that build character and encourage physical activity.
"In addition to the obvious benefits related to this unique green space project, the positive economic impact of a soccer facility of this quality and magnitude could yield millions of dollars annually for the local economy. Throughout the United States, well organized soccer tournaments held at similar facilities routinely attract hundreds of teams, multiple times throughout the year. It is anticipated that families will visit Roanoke from hundreds of miles away to enjoy our world-class soccer facility and the beauty of the Roanoke Valley, while also patronizing local hotels, restaurants and other regional tourist destinations", says Valley AFC representative, Andrew Gentiluomo.
Valley AFC is proud of its 30-year heritage of developing soccer programs for Roanoke Valley youth of all ages, abilities and interest levels. We are a non-profit organization managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, a small team of Soccer Professionals, and supported by a terrific team of volunteers. We appreciate all of our volunteers, families and sponsors whose commitment allows us to offer programs such as, Recreational Soccer, Elite Travel Soccer, Indoor Soccer, Youth Development Academies, TOPSoccer® (for young athletes with disabilities), Camps and more.
For additional information or to schedule an interview with a Valley AFC representative, please contact Andrew Gentiluomo at 540.819.4321, or email VAFCSoccerComplex@gmail.com.