This story was published in some of the Observers regional sections on Sunday.
Pineville will get an indoor soccer facility if the Town Council amends a law that governs a B-3 zoning district.
Last year, the council approved an amendment to allow large, private recreational complexes in certain parts of the town with a special permit. Those facilities are defined as 10 acres or more and consisting of a network of outdoor fields.
The council approved a six-field outdoor soccer facility on Dorman Road to be used by Charlotte Soccer Academy last May; that facility is scheduled to open this year.
If the amendment is approved, smaller recreation centers that include such amenities as indoor running tracks, climbing walls, soccer and tennis courts and pools could be built in most of the downtown area.
Those facilities would be required to keep the outdoor recreational space no larger than the accompanying indoor space.
Greg Evangelist of E Realty applied for the amendment on behalf of Daniel Araujo of Creative Player.
Araujo plans to convert existing space at 413 N. Polk St. into an indoor soccer field for training, practice and indoor leagues. One outdoor field also is planned next to the building. Evangelist says Araujo is ready to start renovations.
Council members are scheduled to vote on the request at their Feb. 12 meeting.
• In other business, the council agreed to allow the Pineville Police Department to order 40 new guns and associated accessories to replace the 10-year-old weapons the officers currently carry.
With trade-ins and other allowances, the total cost will be around $9,000. If the department receives expected drug-forfeiture funds, that money will be used to pay for the new weapons; otherwise, the guns will be paid for with capital needs funds.
• Also, Mayor George Fowler says the council still is seeking a town administrator to replace Mike Rose, who resigned last summer.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer.
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