Work to renovate and expand the Sterling Community Center cleared a legal hurdle with a May 9 Board of Supervisors vote.
To conform to county code, the property required reduced building setbacks and parking requirements. Although the county owns the building, it must apply to itself and go through a legislative process to make those changes.
In 2016, the county agreed to pay $1.08 million for property next to the center, allowing the center to expand. The $15.5 million project will demolish the interior of the center for renovations and expand it by 8,000 square feet.
Supervisors approved the changes 7-0-2, with County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) and Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) absent for the vote.