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May 12, 2014

Site study for multi-purpose center revised

PRINCETON — An updated site study is now complete for a proposed equestrian center at Exit 14 in Mercer County.

According to Mercer County Development Authority Executive Director Janet Bailey, a site study has been completed and will be reviewed at the authority’s June meeting.

“The study was just a revision of the older study. There is no funding for the land or the project currently,” Bailey said. “The location in mind is at Exit 14 in Athens but the land owners have not been contacted.”

When originally proposed several years ago, the plan called for the creation of an equestrian center that could be used for hosting horse shows, horseback riding schools, riding trails and other equestrian activities. However, as time passed, those plans shifted to a multi-purpose center for equestrian events and other activities as well.

The latest vision for the multi-purpose center is that of not only a site for equestrian shows, but also coal shows, county fairs and related events that would bring a large number of visitors to Mercer County.

“We will plan on partnering with another event center to help with the funding of the center,” Bailey said.

Bailey said the equestrian center will be similar to the Lexington, Va., horse center.

“The facility would be complete with barns, indoor and outdoor riding arenas and other buildings,” Bailey said.

— Contact Anne Elgin

at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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