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2018-01-31 / Featured / Real Estate

Volleyball club’s $8 million facility readies for opening

BY RICH GRISET STAFF WRITER


Darcy Carroll and Skip Weston with the Richmond Volleyball Club at their new facility off Midlothian Turnpike. The 50,000-square-foot, $8 million volleyball complex is set to open in February. 
JENNY McQUEEN Darcy Carroll and Skip Weston with the Richmond Volleyball Club at their new facility off Midlothian Turnpike. The 50,000-square-foot, $8 million volleyball complex is set to open in February. JENNY McQUEEN Looking out from the future mezzanine of Richmond Volleyball Club’s new facility in Chesterfield, Darcy Carroll and Skip Weston see the future of their organization taking shape.

Below, construction workers whiz around in cherry pickers over what will soon be eight volleyball courts; dozens of tile pallets sit on the floor, awaiting installation. Everything is coated in a layer of dust from drywall and other culprits.

“You can just picture wall-to-wall tile,” says Carroll, executive director of RVC, wearing a hard hat and neon yellow vest. “We really are so excited about this.”

Located in Stonebridge, a mixed-use development situated on the former site of Cloverleaf Mall, the $8 million, 50,000-square-foot facility being developed by the Chesterfield County Economic Development Authority is nearing completion.

For the Richmond Volleyball Club, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Henrico, the facility will mean eight brand-new courts for players to practice, play and hold tournaments. Founded in 1981, the 3,000-member club is headquartered in a 74,000-square-foot facility and leases an additional six-court space in Henrico. Operations at the latter will transfer to Stonebridge when the new facility opens. RVC is hoping to get into the space in February, with a grand opening planned for mid-March. At the Stonebridge facility, RVC has a 10-year lease with the authority to the tune of $24,000 a month with a 10-year option to renew. The building of the space came after two years of the club unsuccessfully looking for an existing structure to lease. RVC eventually got involved with the economic development authority.

In the construction of the facility, Carroll says County Administrator Joe Casey made the process easier. Casey previously served as deputy county manager in Henrico.

“He knows us from our time out in Henrico County,” Carroll says. “It was easier for him to envision what this would be.”

When the new facility opens, the club hopes moving across the river will help it attract new members.

“It will give us a presence … south of the river,” says Weston, director of programs and facilities for RVC. “Right now, the majority of our members are north and west.”

As many volleyball facilities are repurposed warehouses, Carroll says she’s pleased with the new space, especially its 30-foot-high ceilings.

“This will be the first time, at least around here, that a space will be built for volleyball,” Carroll says.

From the economic development authority’s standpoint, the volleyball facility adds an amenity to the area, draws patrons to nearby businesses and helps further sports tourism in Chesterfield through tournaments.

“It pushes all the right buttons,” says Garrett Hart, director of the authority. “What the volleyball club adds to [Stonebridge] is 300 to 400 people a day visiting the center and using the retail opportunities.”

The facility also includes 5,000 square feet that will be used by Chesterfield Parks and Recreation for senior programming and other purposes.

Phil Innis, assistant director for the Parks and Recreation Department, says the new facility will host fitness and wellness programs, including badminton, aerobics, pickleball, basketball, karate, tai chi and yoga. The 5,000-square-foot space carves out classrooms and multipurpose rooms for non-active programming, including classes, lectures and arts programs.

Additionally, Parks and Recreation will have use of the volleyball club’s space during the week until 3 p.m.

“We’ll be able to have programs in there for citizens,” Innis says. “We’re just very excited to have this partnership and be working with Richmond Volleyball Club. We see it as a perfect complement to what they do and what we do, and we look forward to get it up and running.” ¦

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