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|Funding sources viewed for complex|
The District Three Recreation Board has finalized some of the plans for the proposed $6 million recreation complex in Vidalia which will be located on 50 acres behind Wal-Mart.
Board President Mark Archer said figuring out how to fund the complex remains a major task.
"We'll probably do the work in phases," he said.
Phase one will be infrastructure work, which will cost an estimated $2.2 million, and include road construction, underground work and sewer. Phase two will include the construction of ball and soccer fields. Construction of tennis courts, playgrounds and batting cages are a part of phase 3.
"We don't have a time frame for construction because we're still trying to lock down so many thing such as permits from the levee board, the bidding process, and so on," said Archer. "This will be an ongoing, long-term project."
He said funding sources are also being considered.
"We've got $1 million in the bank and an income of about $300,000 a year," said Archer. "We're looking for grant money for infrastructure."
He also said the existing recreational complex property could one day be sold for residential development, creating income for the new project.
"Raising taxes is not on the table," he said. "I think we can do this with the millage we have."
Recreation District No. 3 owns a few acres near Vidalia Junior High and 12 acres near the Recreation Center which encompasses seven ball parks.
The Town of Vidalia owns part of the land behind Wal-Mart to be used for the new recreation site.
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