IW supervisors OK private sports club at former school gym

Published 3:52 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Isle of Wight County supervisors gave final approval July 21 to a proposal to convert the former James River Christian Academy gymnasium into a private sports club.

Anthony Landes and Derek Joyner had applied for a conditional use permit to turn the 6,300-square-foot, circa-1980 building and adjacent outdoor athletic field into a facility that would offer off-season baseball, softball and soccer training, as well as gymnastics lessons.

According to Landes’ and Joyner’s application, the club would operate Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only.

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James River Christian Academy operated from 1970 through its closure in 2007. The Smithfield Sports Complex, as the gymnasium would be named, is the second proposal for reusing the 25-acre campus that Isle of Wight County has entertained in the past 18 months.

In October, the supervisors approved a proposal by property owner Vincent Carollo and teacher Jamie Mintz to convert one of the two 9,240-square-foot classroom buildings into a day-care center. Renovation of the classroom building is in progress.