RICHMOND (WRIC) – City Council passed a resolution to allow Mayor Jones to continue making plans for redevelopment in Shockoe Bottom.
The meeting lasted several hours after supporters and protesters packed council chambers.
While it's a step closer to a Shockoe Bottom ballpark, there is still a long ways to go before the Flying Squirrels games will be there.
The dust may have settled, but Monday night's decision may have only expanded the debate.
"I am thrilled," says Matthew Davey from the Shockoe Historic Valley Foundation. "It is an excellent move forward for Shockoe Bottom."
"The Mayor is trying hard but it is only inning 3 and we have a lot of ball to play," says Farid Alan Schintzius.
City Council did end up voting 6-3 to allow plans to continue for the ballpark, but they can still kill the idea altogether once plans are finalized in the next few months.
That's why opponents feel there's still time to keep a ballpark out of the Bottom.
"Close to 450 people own a
piece of the big billboard. Altogether we've raise $3,000 now. We've bought
signs... stickers..." Schintzius says.
Council members in favor may have been bolstered by the idea of state support, especially when Governor McAuliffe himself commended the mayor for the victory.
Mayor Jones now has time to finalize his plans, but people on both sides know they have to step up their efforts as well.
"As Russell Wilson would
say, ‘there is no time to sleep.' There is a lot of work to be done," Davey says.
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