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Inside Beckley's plan for Black Knight Country Club

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) Beckley leaders are offering a first look Wednesday into their plan to purchase a country club formerly owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. 

Common council members gave Mayor Rob Rappold the green light at their meeting on Tuesday night to start looking into the purchase of the Black Knight Country Club located on South Kanawha Street. The property includes a tennis court, swimming pool, golf course, ball room, bar, and dining facilities. 

"The one percent sales tax is probably the single reason that we can at lease explore this," said Rappold, citing the implementation of the new sales ax and a reduction to B&O taxes in 2016. 

Mayor Rappold envisions daily passes for those who just want to enjoy one activity or annual memberships for those interested in an all-inclusive pass. 

"People are looking forward to being able to take part in what used to be an exclusive country club. Now, they can come as regular members of the public to enjoy," added Councilman-at-Large Tim Berry. 

Rappold is even considering the possibility of a public-private partnership to run the dining facilities. 

"We don't have anybody in the city capable of running a food service or bar facility. So we're reaching out to a successful restauranteur or caterer that would be interested in a joint venture with us," said Rappold. 

But it is not a done deal yet, the mayor cautions. Leaders have to first make sure they can come close to breaking even -- a feat the Black Knight County Club could not accomplish in private hands.

"I would hope that in 30 days we would have a good idea whether this is a go or not. My hope is that it is." 

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