Will Richmonders support a new ballpark in Shockoe Bottom as part of a new economic development plan? According to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, the new ballpark project will generate 187-million dollars in new tax revenue and create 1,000 jobs. The ballpark site will be located at 17th and 18th streets with parking available at 14th, 15th and Franklin Streets. There will be 700 hundred apartments around the stadium, a Hyatt Hotel and a Kroger Grocery store at 18th and Broad Streets.
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Mayor Jones, said there will be “a pavilion to commemorate Lumpkins Jail” at the Slavery and Freedom Heritage Site. He said, funding for the 30-million dollar project was raised by the city, state and city businesses. Mayor Jones, said “we are not taking money from schools or elsewhere for the ballpark project. This will be the place where our story will be told.”
The poverty rate in Richmond is at 26% and Mayor Jones wants citizens of Richmond to own their homes and businesses.
The Revitilize RVA, chapter 1, ballpark project “is a revolutionary plan. It will transform our city” said Mayor Jones.
The Defenders Sacred Ground Project opposes the RVA ballpark project. View the story from WRIC-TV8
Richmond City Council members will vote on the Revitilize RVA Plan resolution this Monday, February 24 at 6pm. The council meeting will be held in council chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall at 9oo East Broad Street in Richmond.Follow @kissrichmond
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