LYNCHBURG, Va. — We're learning more about Liberty University's plans for the Sears store at River Ridge Mall.
The school hopes to turn the space into a civic center. Conceptual drawings were released Wednesday, showing a possible arena, exhibit hall, and high-rise hotel on the site.
"I think it will be good for all of the stores in the mall to have another vibrant, exciting use that brings in a lot of people every day," said Liberty University Chancellor, Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Sears announced Tuesday that the building had been sold to Liberty University, and that the store will close in late-January.
Liberty University has had informal discussions with Lynchburg's city manager about its plans, but no formal discussions have been held. The idea has not been presented to city council.
Liberty University would be a tenant of the civic center, and would use it for athletic events and large gatherings. The Vines Center would be used as a convocation center.