CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – While construction is already underway at the new SportsQuest facility in Chesterfield County, a group of sports clubs are questioning the county's involvement in the business.
"All the clubs stepped up and asked for a delay to defer it to at least 30 days, maybe a little bit longer, so we can have some public discussion about the use of county money to invest in a for profit sports endeavor," said Rob Burros of the Richmond Kickers.
The county is set to pay $4.3-million to SportsQuest as part of a partnership for use of their facilities. This otherwise would have cost them $25-million. The club leaders are upset because they don't get full access to the fields as they would if the county used that money to maintain its own fields.
A letter by the Chesterfield County soccer club has been sent out to all the families involved asking them to contact county supervisors looking for a public comment period before the lease is officially signed with SportsQuest.
"With this lease we don't have access for our 7 existing tournaments that have been driving money into the county for many, many years," said Ukrop.
Our calls to county supervisors who approved the lease agreement in a 3 to 1 vote were not returned. Their agenda however does explain this business is expected to invest $250-million in the county.