CFCC breaks ground on Schwartz Center renovation

CFCC athletes pose with school leaders at Schwartz Center groundbreaking ceremony (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Work is underway to renovate Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center, where the school’s basketball and volleyball teams play.

The school held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the project Tuesday morning.

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Originally opened in October 2000, the school says the building needs repairs and improvements as the needs of the college evolve.

The basketball floor will be replaced and new locker rooms and weight and training rooms will be added.

The Sea Devils and their fans are excited to see their old home become new again.

“It means the world to the student athletes. We’ve been hopping on a bus every night, going to practice at a middle school, so when this thing opens up, my sleep pattern is gonna get a heck of a lot better as well,” said CFCC Director of Activities and Athletics Ryan Mantlo. “You’ll just walk in, knowing you’re at a college atmosphere and ready to scream your heads off for Cape Fear blue.”

The money for the $4.2 million project is coming from a 2008 New Hanover County bond referendum, student athletics fees, and a school fundraiser. CFCC is responsible for $800,000 towards the renovation. They have raised $120,000 so far.

Work is expected to take a year to complete.