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Join the community for an “Up Close & Personal” Community Conversation to discuss the revitalization plans for Shockoe Bottom on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Craigland Hair Affair 109 West Brookland Park Boulevard (northside) from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Space is limited, please arrive on time. Food will be served.

Will Richmonders support new economic development plans for Shockoe Bottom and the Boulevard? According to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, the new revitalization 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 plan. 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 Revitalize RVA, chapter 1, “is a revolutionary plan. It will transform our city” said Mayor Jones.

The Defenders Sacred Ground Project opposes the RVA Economic Development Plan. View the story from WRIC-TV8