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Protestors Raise Concerns to City Council over Shockoe Stadium

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Residents voiced their outrage after the mayor unveiled plans for moving baseball to Shockoe Bottom. People say it's a waste of money, a bad location and voters were given no say in the plans.

People in opposition of this plan took their concerns to city council Monday night.

Because of protocol, many of those people were not allowed to speak at tonight's meeting, but they still sent a loud and clear message to city leaders.

"The community really needs to have a part in the decisions that are being made about that entire sacred space," said Maat Free.

There are concerns about parking, congestion and whether there's enough space for a baseball stadium in the Bottom.

But these people are most concerned about the history they say will be paved over and forgotten.

The area used to be one of the biggest slave trade sites in the country.

"One of our biggest problems with this project is the fact that they are talking about an enormous development that will sit on top of one the oldest most historic districts of Richmond with very little consideration for the enormity of the significance of that site," said Ana Edwards.

City Council introduced a resolution in support of the plan to bring a stadium, shopping and more housing to the bottom.

"I think the whole perception of Shockoe Bottom is being this gritty dangerous place, which is not true by the way; will be changed forever," said David Napier of the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association. "People will come and bring their families down."

There's still a long way to go before these plans become reality and these protestors say the battle isn't over until it's over.

"We are people who feel like it is our responsibility to take this fight all the way to the end. Otherwise, why are we in it?"

Construction is likely to begin this spring in hopes the ball park will be ready for the 2016 baseball season.

 

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