Stage being built around South Charleston mound

South Charlestown, West Virginia (AP) 1-08

A new stage is being built at the South Charleston Criel Mound as part of a $300,000 downtown revitalization project.

Bob Anderson, executive director of the city’s convention and visitors bureau, says the stage will be a downtown focal point for Armed Forces Day, the Christmas parade and Summerfest.

Anderson says the project does not touch the 35-foot high mound, which was created as a burial ground for an Adena Indian village.

A previous stage at the mound, which Anderson says President Kennedy stood on in 1962, was torn down in the 1980s.

Work on the new stage has already started and is expected to be complete in a couple of months.

The revitalization project also includes new landscaping, new crosswalks and new lighting.