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Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Proposal Back with Less Funding

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Not much is known about the mayor's Shockoe Bottom ballpark proposal or what it is expected to cost. The administration says they're still working on it. Not much is known about the mayor's Shockoe Bottom ballpark proposal or what it is expected to cost. The administration says they're still working on it.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Richmond City Council and residents expecting to learn more about the mayor's Shockoe Bottom ballpark proposal at Monday night's meeting were disappointed.

Not much is known about the plan or what it is expected to cost. The administration says they're still working on it.

In the last few weeks, city council had voted to not give an funding for the ballpark. Then Monday night, came to an agreement that gives most of that money back.
 
The idea of a Shockoe Bottom ballpark is back on the table, but now with less funding.

The project now has $10.6 million set aside - $3 million less than the mayor wanted.

When asked how that might change the ballpark plans, City Council President Charles Samuels says he was "not aware it would affect them at all."

But in fairness to Samuels and the rest of the city council, the mayor's office has not released finalized plans yet.

The reason there has been such a delay in getting an official plan put forward is land use. City officials have had to walk with private developers and owners to make sure they can get the land needed to make the ballpark a reality.

Behind closed doors, City Council was given an update on the plans and told the final ones should be released soon.

"It's a little bit further along than last week," says Councilman Jon Baliles. "Or the last few months really."

Also further along are plans for the Slavery Heritage Site. There are new renderings of what a potential museum could look like, which is something the mayor's office has really been pushing.

So for now, all these plans are back up for discussion.

"The administration got what they wanted - the refunding of a portion of that money," Samuels says. "City Council got the priorities they think are important to the citizens of Richmond in the budget as well."

Part of that deal meant $2 million more will go to Richmond City Schools and another $1.5 million toward for bicycle improvements.

All of these budgets will be finalized and then voted on in the next few weeks.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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