The construction of a large outdoor athletic complex in Republic funded by a quarter-cent sales tax will go before voters in August. Olsson Inc. has been secured as the civil engineer and landscape architect for the Republic Sports Park and Athletic Complex planned on 136 acres south of James River Freeway between U.S. Highway 60 and Farm Road 156. If approved, the park would include 10 baseball/softball fields, eight soccer fields, up to 12 pickleball courts, fishing piers, a nature center, outdoor classrooms, playgrounds and walking trails. The proposal calls for construction in two phases with up to $15 million in Phase I being completed by summer 2024. Project officials say the estimated total cost is up to $40 million.
The congregation at Crossway Baptist Church is building a children’s wing at the west end of the church, and beginning in 2024, it will be home to a Christian academy.