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Shockoe Bottom Residents Confront Mayor About Stadium Plans

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - One after another, people had the chance to question Mayor Jones on the spot about his proposed Shockoe Bottom ballpark during a town hall meeting at George Mason Elementary Thursday night.

"Mr. Mayor, you said you were going to consult with the community before you made a decision, but as far as I know, that never happened."

"I don't think the ballpark should have to be a part of the equation. I think it's just smoke and mirrors."

"Why can't you revitalize the Boulevard around the existing ballpark?"

The Mayor stood his ground but continued to listen.

The meeting was for neighbors in Shockoe Bottom and one of many in the coming weeks that will be held around the city.

"Get the right information into the hands of the people so people know what the plan is all about, because it's so much more than just a ballpark," Mayor Jones says.

The proposed plan calls for more than $200 million worth of development, including a new ballpark, hotel, apartments and other structures.

But there are plenty of people who are for it as well.

"Everyone that I've talked to in the community is very excited about the prospect of this stadium being built," says Roderyck Bullock. "And the hotels and the economic development."

The City Council will have to vote on this issue sometime in the new year, but there's still a lot of discussion to be had.

Expect these town halls to continue and a vote possibly in February or March at the earliest.

 

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