CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Plans are in the preliminary stages for a community center in eastern Kanawha County.
The center is needed to meet the health and recreation needs of those in that part of the county who are quite a distance from any fitness center, said Fred Joseph, who for 13 years has been part of the Upper Kanawha Valley Enterprise Community.
The mission of the UKVEC is to restructure, restore and revitalize the social and economic climate of the area. Go to www.ukvec.org for more information.
The UKVEC has formed the Eastern Kanawha County Health and Recreation Committee to research the feasibility of a community center.
"We have had about four meetings, and an architect has made a presentation about a piece of property," Joseph said. "We have a search committee looking at additional properties. We would like something like the South Charleston Recreation Center.
"Our hope and dream is to have somewhere in the area for exercising with an indoor pool. It is desperately needed and has not been addressed of this magnitude before."
Joseph is a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates. However, he said this project is not to be a political undertaking.
"We hope to keep this as non-political as possible," he said. "We are a citizen-activist group."