Town looks to promote facilities

Published 5:37 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Kenbridge town leaders have a to-do list and a wish list for the New Year.

On the to-do list is finding more tents to rent space in the Kenbridge Community Center and auditorium. The community center houses the town offices, police department, and hosts council meetings. It already houses a few renters but has additional office space for rent.

Built in 1921, the building was originally the Kenbridge High School and designed by noted Richmond architect Charles M. Robinson.

The building sat vacant for years but found new life as the centerpiece of some of the town’s revitalization efforts and its Fifth Avenue Historic District. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

“We’ve got to get some momentum going,” Mayor Emory M. Hodges said.

The town also faces the prospect of having to pay for the gymnasium to be painted.

“It ain’t going to fix itself and it ain’t going to be free,” Hodges said.

Their wish: that someone would step in and take over the building.

“It would be nice if somebody was interested in some sort of indoor sports,” Hodges said.

He noted that there are an increasing number of after-school programs sprouting up across the country, and a local one could take advantage of the gym.

“I think there is some money grant-wise to get that going,” Hodges said.