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City Council's Support for Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Wavering

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - The mayor's plans to build a new ballpark in Shockoe Bottom may be in limbo.

Several members of City Council are not sure which way they will vote. Some even question if this is the right move financially.

In order for the mayor's proposal to be approved, seven of the nine council members must vote yes.

A number of City Council members have questions and concerns regarding the mayor's plan to build a new ballpark in Shockoe Bottom.

Councilman John Baliles wrote a six-page letter to Mayor Jones laying out all of his concerns, including the money the city would have to spend, and the long-term maintenance cost.

The councilman is also concerned the move would cut into money needed for school improvements.

"The plan calls for the city to issue $80 million worth of obligation bonds," he says. "If we're going to issue that amount of money we need to make sure the city is protected on the back end and get the best out of this investment."

8News called all nine members of Richmond City Council. Reva Trammel says she's not fully on board with the plan because there are too many unanswered questions on the long-term financial obligation

Agelasto says the proposal appears to be all or nothing, and he can't give his support if the plan doesn't change.

Other members say they're waiting to learn more on how much money the city will have to spend before making a decision.

Residents protested after Mayor Jones made his announcement in November without getting the public input first.

Mayor Jones has argued the city needs to build a new ballpark so it doesn't lose another minor league team.

Councilman Baliles says he still doesn't know whether he'll vote yes or no on the mayor's proposal.

"It's got to be in a place where it makes the most economic sense," Baliles says. "The letter was just a starting point to ask questions."

8News also called the mayor's office for comment, but have not heard back.

 

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