News and Resources on the Shockoe Bottom & Boulevard Development Proposals

PSG is committed to the revitalization of the Richmond region through robust public process - decisions made after an inclusive and transparent process enjoy a greater sense of legitimacy and preserve our role as citizens in our democratic society.  To that end, we urged Major Jones and City Council to initiate an open, meaningful, deliberative, and robust public process for the Mayor's proposal for moving the minor league baseball stadium to Shockoe Bottom in conjunction with mixed-use development.   

You can read our full letter to the Mayor and City Council here. 

PSG is also compiling all necessary information - study documents, presentations, news articles, and various perspectives - with which the region's citizens will be better able to make an educated decision on this proposal and participate in the public process.  We will strive to keep this page as updated as possible - please contact us at reply [@] psgrichmond.org with questions or additional community meeting dates, related documents, or articles.

We asked you to share with us the questions you think City Council should be asking about the Mayor's proposal.  We'll share the questions with the Mayor and City Council, ranking the most frequently asked questions first.  Answers will be posted here as soon as they are made available to us.

 

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

  

Regular City Council meeting on July 14 (5 pm Informal Session; 6 pm Formal Session), City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

  

Past Meeting Dates

 

 

 CITY DOCUMENTS AND STUDIES 

 

Updated Traffic Study by Timmons

 

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Letter to City of Richmond recommending a Section 106 historic preservation review

 

Updated flood plain map with stadium project

 

Dutton Associates presentation to the City Council on May 27

 

Shockoe Development Cooperation Agreement

May 12, 2014

This resolution, introduced by Mayor Dwight C. Jones, approves through an Ordinance the Shockoe Development Cooperation Agreement between the City of Richmond and the Economic Development Authority of the City of Richmond.  Approval of this ordinance "approve[s] the Revitalize RVA, Economic Development Strategy for Shockoe Bottom and the +/- 60 Acres on the Boulevard Tract (excluding Sports Backers) and the Softball Fields Across Robinhood Road.

 

Revitalize RVA: Understanding the Finances

City's PowerPoint presentation explaining the financing behind the Mayor's proposal.


Mayor's Office Revitalize RVA Economic Development Plan Website

Mayor Dwight C. Jones outlines his plan for redevelopment of Shockoe Bottom and the Boulevard.

 

Mayor Dwight C. Jones' letter in response to Councilman Jon Baliles

January 7, 2014

 

Councilman Jon Baliles' (1st District) Letter to the Mayor

December 6, 2013

In his letter to the Mayor, Councilman Jon Baliles expresses his questions and concerns about the Shockoe Stadium proposal and offers alternative scenarios to be considered.

 

Richmond City Council Finance & Economic Development Standing Committee Presentations and Handouts

November 21, 2013

Committee Work Papers: Shockoe Bottom "Economic Revitalization & Cultural Heritage" (p. 17-24)

Revitalize RVA Presentation (p. 39-49)

 

Analysis of the Conceptual Plans for Boulevard and Shockoe Bottom Redevelopment

BY: Davenport & Company LLC

November 8, 2013

This study compares two development options: (A) Boulevard redevelopment with a ballpark; and, (B) Shockoe Bottom redevelopment with a ballpark.  The study concludes that Shockoe Bottom redevelopment with a ballpark, plus redevelopment of Boulevard, will produce a higher net benefit to the City.

 

Poll results: Public opinion on baseball stadium 

BY: Wason Center for Public Policy, Christopher Newport University

October 6, 2013

 

Shockoe Bottom Preliminary Traffic and Parking Analysis

BY: Timmons Group

August 14, 2013

This report contains the findings of a preliminary traffic and parking analysis for the proposed Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium and supporting development.  The report concludes that with conventional intersections upgrades and retrofits, key intersections could effectively accommodate projected traffic volumes.

Map of Key Intersections

Map of Existing and Proposed Parking Facilities

 

Shockoe Economic Revitalization Strategy

BY: Bay Area Economics

2011

The City of Richmond commissioned this study to provide a strategic framework for future revitalization actions in Shockoe Bottom.  The study describes the "Vision for Shockoe: Center of Richmond's Innovation Economy" and focuses on engaging the "creative class."

 

Richmond Downtown Plan

July 2009

BY: City of Richmond Community Development Department; Dover, Kohl & Partners, Hall Planning & Engineering; Rhodeside & Harwell; UrbanAdvantage; ZHA, Inc.; and Zimmerman/Volk Associates

 

Boulevard Diamond Stadium Highest & Best Use Analysis

BY: Economics Research Associates

September 2008

This study compares three scenarios: (A) Construction of a new baseball stadium at the existing location and redevelopment of adjacent parcels wtih a mix of uses; (B) Construction of a new stadium in Shockoe Bottom, with mixed-use redevelopment on Boulevard and in Shockoe Bottom; and, (C) Substantial refurbishment of existing baseball stadium only.  The study concludes that scenario B (new stadium in Shockoe Bottom and redevelopment in both locations) could produce a net annual cash flow benefit to the City if there is continuation of existing regional baseball funding partnership or other external support.

 

Presentation on Economic Development - Boulevard and Shockoe Bottom

2008

City of Richmond/Highwoods Properties

 

ADVOCACY GROUPS

 

Loving RVA - Revitalize RVA Website

This is the marketing homepage for the Revitalize RVA Plan proposed by Mayor Dwight Jones.  This site includes conceptual renderings.  The marketing site is an initiative of Venture Richmond and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, who hired the Alliance Group to set up the website and provide other PR services.

  

Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality Blog

The Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, along with other community groups, have created this website to express their opposition to the Shockoe stadium proposal and outline an alternative proposal that supports developing Shockoe Bottom as a living, outdoor, nonprofit Richmond African history museum.

 

Crucial Questions Regarding the Mayor's Ballpark Plan

The authors of this financial critique of the proposal for Shockoe Bottom and the Boulevard, Randolph Bell and John Gerner, pose questions regarding the costs and attractiveness of the plan to investors, among other subjects.

 

Traffic and Parking Issues with Proposed Shockoe Ballpark Development

This document contains questions and concerns posed by Rick Tatnall of Replenish Richmond about the Shockoe Bottom Preliminary Traffic and Parking Analysis by the Timmons Group, as well as responses from the City of Richmond Department of Public Works.

 

StudioAmmons: A Proposal for the Rehabilitation of the First Market Square

StudioAmmons submitted a proposal in 2012 for the redesign of the 17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom, which does not include a baseball stadium.

Richmond's Ballpark Controversy:  Planning for the Market Square in Shockoe Bottom

Gibson Worsham, an architect and architectural historian in RIchmond, describes the rich history of Market Square and offers points that should be considered for its rehabilitation.

Mapping First Market Square in Shockoe Bottom

 

A Vision Plan for Shockoe Bottom

Created by a group of Church Hill residents and the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, this is an alternate proposal to the construction of a sports stadium in Shockoe Bottom.  Read more here.

                Renderings of An Alternative Shockoe Development (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

  

Citizens Referendum Group

This group is working to allow two items to be included on Richmond's election ballot on November 4, 2014:  Proposition "A" would require formal review before approval of any development in the Historic East End Shockoe Bottom District; Proposition "B" would make it easier to call a referendum before the city can issue bonds for sports stadium projects.

 

 

 

Letter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to Richmond CAO Byron Marshall

March 31, 2014

In its letter, the National Trust for Historic Preservation outlines the mandates of the National Historic Preservation Act and how they apply to the Revitalize RVA plan.

 

Preservation Virginia Announces 2014 Most Endangered Sites List 

 

April 29, 2014

 

National Trust for Historic Preservation page concerning Shockoe Bottom 

 

 

Letter from RVAArchaeology to the City Council

 

 

Letter from Jack Gary, President, Council of Virginia Archaeologists to City Council

 

 

 

Citizens Referendum: RT-D editorial stiff-arms National Trust

 

NEWS & OPINIONS

 

Mayor, backers attend private event in support of Shockoe stadium

 

July 8, 2014

 

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

 

 

Shockoe Bottom ballpark could bury Richmond's slave history, group warns

June 23, 2014

Susan Svrluga, Washington Post

 

Sitting on the Sidelines

July 1, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

What's next in the Bottom?

June 27, 2014

Jacob Geiger, Work It, Richmond

 

Today’s top opinion: Yawn

June 26, 2014

Editorial, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

National preservation group lends clout to anti-stadium efforts in Richmond

June 24, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Shockoe named to national list of endangered historic places

June 23, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch


Mayor Says His Stadium Proposal Is 'Not Dead'

 

June 18, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Shockoe business owners urge approval for stadium plan

June 11, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Wilder calls for advisory group on preserving history in Shockoe Bottom

 

June 6, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN:  Times-Dispatch editorial's false attack on Richmonders demands correction

May 29, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Inaction on Richmond ballpark front baffles league president

May 29, 2014

John O'Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor's proposed briefing on Shockoe plan called off

May 29, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Today's top opinion: Life support

May 28, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor withdraws Shockoe ballpark plan ahead of City Council vote

May 28, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Is Shockoe Bottom history quest linked to ballpark plan?

May 27, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Squirrels' leader thanks Jones for pushing Shockoe plan

May 27, 2014

John O'Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Residents sound off on Shockoe Bottom stadium plan

May 27, 2014

Laura Kebede, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Archaeology advocates seek answers on Shockoe plan

May 27, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Jones criticizes council ahead of Shockoe vote

May 26, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Stadium plan could die just as its details become clearer

May 24, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: Offering Mayor Jones a face-saving way out

May 24, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Ballpark Plan Unravels

May 23, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Shockoe plan in peril as 5 council members oppose

May 23, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Two strikes on Dwight Jones's stadium plan

May 23, 2014

Peter Galuszka, The Washington Post

 

City officials say Shockoe plan will have open bidding

May 22, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Joe Morrissey threatens lawsuit over Shockoe Stadium deal

May 22, 2014

Scott Wise and Meslissa Hipolit, WTVR CBS6

 

Shockoe Stadium Critics Say Plan Would Fund No-Bid Contract

May 22, 2014

Craig Carper, Community Idea Stations

 

Morrissey says stadium plan violates Va. constitution

May 22, 2014

Olympia Meola, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Loupassi pushing for open bids on Shockoe project

May 20, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Smart Growth Advocates and Archeologists Question Shockoe Stadium Timeline

May 20, 2014

Craig Carper, Community Idea Stations

 

Fishy Business in Richmond

May 20, 2014

James A. Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion

 

Democrats' letter separates Jones from Shockoe deal

May 19, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: Shockoe documents reveal Mayor, Council's secret partner

May 19, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Virginia Democratic Party chairman warns of high debt

May 18, 2014

Laura Vozzella, The Washington Post

 

Silvestri: Explaining our decadelong ballpark debate

May 17, 2014

Tom Silvestri, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Stadium plan faces uncertain future

May 17, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Virginia's 2017 gubernatorial race gets its first issue

May 16, 2014

Norm Leahy and Paul Goldman, The Washington Post

 

Mayor presents updated Shockoe Stadium plans

May 16, 2014

Scott Wise and Web Staff, WTVR CBS6

 

Williams: On Shockoe slave trade, we must build knowledge before buildings

May 15, 2014

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Council panel sees latest version of Shockoe plan

May 15, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Sources: Democratic HQ involved in Shockoe land talks

May 15, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor Hedges Against Failure in Ballpark Paperwork

May 14, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

GOLDMAN: Jones stadium deal violates Va. Constitution Article VIII

May 14, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Officials mum on newly released Shockoe documents

May 14, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Unique telling of black history urged

May 14, 2014

Katharine Calos and Brandon Shulleeta, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

The Ballpark Ballot

May 13, 2014

F.T. Rea, Style Weekly

 

Getting Wilder

May 13, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Mayor, Council reach deal restoring Shockoe money

May 12, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

The Kimonos Are Opening in Richmond

May 12, 2014

Peter Galuszka, Bacon's Rebellion

 

City Council compromise restores Shockoe money, provides other increases

May 12, 2014

Web Staff, WTVR CBS6

 

Mayor Jones, City Council Agree on Budget, No Word on Shockoe Ballpark

May 12, 2014

WRIC Newsroom, WRIC-ABC8 News

 

Today's top opinion: Comedy central

May 11, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

New phase for slavery museum in Richmond

May 11, 2014

Katherine Calos, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Wilder would give priority to slave memorial, not baseball stadium

May 10, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Shockoe stadium plan still lacking in details

May 9, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Doug Wilder proposes National Slavery Museum on Broad Street

May 8, 2014

Scott Wise, Jake Burns, and Sandra Jones, WTVR CBS6

 

Williams: Wilder's slavery museum proposal muddles situation

May 8, 2014

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Wilder eyes historic Richmond building as site

May 8, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

City Council finds workaround to avoid budget fight with mayor

May 8, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Wilder to weigh in on slavery museum dispute

May 7, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: Will Mayor's Shockoe plan forfeit Richmond's Slave Trail money?

May 7, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

First Church Hill, now the Bottom

May 7, 2014

Burl Rolett, Richmond BizSense

 

Mayor Jones still open to Boulevard proposal

May 6, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Retail Therapy

May 6, 2014

Peter Galuszka

 

Today's top opinion: Good grief

May 6, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Richmond, Va. Wrangling Over Future of Historic Slave Trade Site

May 6, 2014

Sandy Hausman, NPR News

 

Shapiro: In ballpark fight, Jones taps into his inner Wilder

May 6, 2014

Jeff Shapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

In Text Messages, Developer Offers Ballpark Advice to City Official

May 5, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Stadium squabble holds up city budget

May 5, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Ballpark or Bust

May 5, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Boulevard stadium plan fades; Shockoe site advances

May 5, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor Jones issues veto threat on stadium funding

May 3, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

DiBella says he'll back community's consensus on stadium

May 2, 2014

John O'Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor: Council send 'wrong message' on Shockoe

May 2, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Midlothian company behind new Boulevard ballpark plan

May 2, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Council removes money for Shockoe improvements

May 2, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Council Cuts Funds For Ballpark from City Budget

May 1, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

New Richmond Stadium Plan Deserves a Close Look

May 1, 2014

James A. Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion

 

The Curveball: Sources say Midlothian developer Rebkee Company is behind the private ballpark plan.

May 1, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Flying Squirrels president supports Mayor Jones' Shockoe vision

May 1, 2014

Marshall Norton, WWBT-TV NBC 12

 

Midlothian-based Developer Proposes New Boulevard Ballpark

May 1, 2014

WRIC Newsroom, ABC8 News

 

GOLDMAN: Boulevard Stadium proposal proves one thing

May 1, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

New stadium plan keeps baseball on Boulevard, cost taxpayers less

April 30, 2014

Alix Bryan and Melissa Hipolit, WTVR-CBS6

 

Private developers propose new Boulevard ballpark

April 30, 2014

Laura Geller, WWBT-TV NBC 12

 

Developers offer to build Boulevard ballpark

April 30, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Can baseball boost the Bottom?

April 29, 2014

Richard Foster, Virginia Business

 

BASEBALL in the BOTTOM

April 29, 2014

Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Urban Views Weekly

 

In chaotic session, activist removed; park lease approved

April 15, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: Mayor Jones' racist attack against white Richmonders debunked

April 15, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

Panelists discuss city's slave trade, stadium proposal

April 13, 2014

Louis Llovio, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

How a slavery heritage site can succeed in Shockoe Bottom

April 13, 2014

John Martin, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Squirrels strive to build business, with eye on new ballpark

April 13, 2014

John O'Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Today's top opinion:  Wrap-up

April 12, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Should the Future of Shockoe Stadium Be Put to a Vote?

April 10, 2014

Brad, RVAmag

 

Richmond unveils plans for revamped Farmers Market

April 10, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Council weighs speedy process for ballpark consultant

April 8, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Va. ballpark proposal stirs slave-trade memories

April 5, 2014

Steve Szkotak, Associated Press

 

Northup descendants attend anti-stadium rally in Shockoe

April 4, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Protesters gathered Thursday in opposition to stadium plan

April 4, 2014

Richard Hayes, RVA News

 

 

GOLDMAN: Will Mayor Jones throw Kim Allen curve ball on Shockoe stadium?

April 3, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

Ballpark plan linked with historic review

April 3, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

12 Years a Slave descendants join fight against Shockoe stadium

April 3, 2014

Jessica Jaglois, WWBT-TV NBC 12

 

Solomon descendant to speak a Va. slavery site

April 3, 2014

Associated Press, The Washington Times

 

GOLDMAN: School funding down, Shockoe Stadium money up

April 2, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

Blocking the Plate

April 1, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Flying Squirrels ballpark site under historical review

March 31, 2014

Baseball Digest

 

Shockoe advocates vow vigilance over dig

March 30, 2014

Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Battle over baseball continues as group comes out to protest

March 30, 2014

Curtis McCloud, WWBT-TV NBC 12

 

Shockoe Ballpark Opponents Worry About City's Slavery History

March 30, 2014

WRIC Newsroom, WRIC-ABC8

 

GOLDMAN: RTD stadium story says council too timid to stand up to Mayor Jones

March 28, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

Family of '12 Years A Slave' author opposes Shockoe baseball stadium

March 28, 2014

Melissa Hipolit, WTVR-CBS6

 

As deadling comes, Shockoe deals still unfinished

March 27, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor Jones Outlines Archaeological and Historical Review Process For  Shockoe Bottom Baseball Stadium Project Site

March 27, 2014

Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor

 

12 Years A Slave site set for baseball stadium development

March 27, 2014

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

 

GOLDMAN: Mayor Jones may support Shockoe referendum today

March 27, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

Richmond Ballpark Controversy Gets Hollywood Treatment

March 26, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Plan to convert historic site featured in 12 Years a Slave to a baseball stadium draws ire

March 26, 2014

Rebecca Tucker, National Post

 

Hollywood Weighs-in on Shockoe Stadium Debate

March 26, 2014

Richmond.com

 

 

Williams: New civic center could bring back basketball

March 25, 2014

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Plans to Raze '12 Years a Slave' Site for Baseball Stadium Draw Outrage

March 25, 2014

Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter

 

Mayor offers $50K for stadium consulting

March 25, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: Healing divisions created by flawed process goal of stadium referendums

March 24, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

As Richmond begins budget talks, baseball still looms

March 23, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Group starts petition drive for stadium-related referendum

March 21, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: Mayor Jones giving $200 million freebie to Shockoe proposal developers

March 20, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

LETTER: Shockoe Could Be a Tourism Magnet

March 18, 2014

Leah Page, Style Weekly

 

Seventh-Inning Stretch

March 18, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Top Opinion: Baseball stadium - Might have been

March 17, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: Jones' Shockoe shocker as mayor concedes referendum will help Richmond

March 14, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

GOLDMAN: Exclusive look at citizen referendum on Shockoe Stadium

March 12, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

Squirrels' executive weighs in on Shockoe proposal

March 11, 2014

John O'Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Material World

March 11, 2014

Edwin Slipek, Style Weekly

 

Council members seek consultant for ballpark proposal

March 10, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

City Council will ask mayor for $50,000 to hire consulting firm for ballpark plan

March 10, 2014

Jessica Jaglois, WWBT-TV NBC 12

 

Baseball will not 'desecrate' Shockoe Bottom

March 5, 2014

The Richmonder

 

Bacon Bits: Bicycles and Baseball Stadiums

March 5, 2014

Jim Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion

 

The Easy Out

March 5, 2014

John Gerner, Henrico Monthly

 

GOLDMAN: Shockoe Stadium resolution details reveal $100 million hidden cost!

March 5, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Inside Baseball

March 4, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Correspondent of the Day: Downtown ballpark helped revitalize Tulsa

March 3, 2014

Mike Melega, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Pitching a brighter future from the Bottom up

March 2, 2014

Tom Silvestri, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

VDOT examining Shockoe stadium's impact on I-95

February 28, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: The Shockoe Stadium traffic study Mayor Jones hasn't revealed

February 27, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Does it Blend? Packed City Council Shines Light on City Issues Bigger than Stadium

February 27, 2014

RVAmag

 

Dragging Mom Into the Ballpark Debate?

February 25, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

GOLDMAN: Councilman Samuels shines, exposes Mayor's real stadium strategy

February 25, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

The Shockoe Stadium Struggle Continues...

February 25, 2014

Oregon Hill Blog

 

Separate votes on ballpark could have altered outcome

February 25, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Williams: Divisions blurred on stadium plan

February 25, 2014

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Council goes extra innings, bunts stadium plan forward

February 25, 2014

Burl Rolett, Richmond BizSense

 

Plan for ballpark near historic Virginia slave market site advances

February 25, 2014

Gary Robertson, Thomson Reuters

 

Shockoe baseball stadium plan wins initial backing 6-3

February 25, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Bell: Shockoe Bottom subsidization is the wrong way to go

February 24, 2014

Randolph Bell, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor's Shockoe baseball resolution passes city council

February 24, 2014

WTVR CBS6

 

City Council Passes Shockoe Ballpark Vote

February 24, 2014

WRIC ABC8

 

Shockoe ballpark debate tonight looking to be a long one

February 24, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Stadium Amendments on the Docket Tonight

February 24, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

GOLDMAN: Does Richmond need a City Council?

February 24, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

1st council Shockoe vote may be tonight

February 24, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Opinion: "A Stadium in Shockoe Bottom? No."

February 24, 2014

Architecture Richmond Blog

 

Unearthing Richmond's slave trading history

February 23, 2014

Katherine Calos and Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Say yes to the Shockoe Bottom stadium project

February 23, 2014

Opinion, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Close call: City Council ponders mayor's plan

February 23, 2014

Opinion, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Shockoe Stadium: Mayor's Proposal Before Council on Monday Puts Cart Before the Horse

February 21, 2014

Brianne Mullen, PSG Blog

 

Richmond council committee debates purpose of stadium vote

February 21, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Economically, Shockoe Bottom development plan is a smart step

February 21, 2014

Sam Young, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Shockoe Bottom subsidization is the wrong way to go

February 21, 2014

Randolph Bell, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Baseball at the Heart

February 20, 2014

Michael Rogers, Highways and Hallowed Halls

 

Ballpark Proposal Poised for Vote - And Another Month of Debate

February 20, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Mechanics of stadium decision uncertain

February 20, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Stadium Opponents Launch Their Own Media Campaign

February 20, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Conversation around Shockoe Bottom ballpark hits fever pitch

February 20, 2014

Melissa Hipolit and Sandra Jones, WTVR CBS6

 

Richmond mayor asks real estate group to support downtown revitalization plan

February 19, 2014

Paula Squires, VirginiaBusiness.com

 

Chamber-commissioned study ties black history to development

February 19, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Traffic study for Shockoe stadium questioned

February 19, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

'Shockoe Resistance' group sponsors I-95 billboards with anti-ballpark messages

February 19, 2014

Alix Bryan, WTVR CBS6

 

Ballpark Changeup Could Mean Proposal Needs Fewer Votes to Pass

February 18, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Did An Anti-Shockoe Bottom Stadium Protest Group Buy Billboard Space On I-95?

February 18, 2014

Andrew Necci, RVAmag

 

Opinion: Shockoe Bottom Plan

February 16, 2014

Architecture Richmond

 

Kicking the Can

February 11, 2014

Carol Wolf, Style Weekly

 

GOLDMAN: McAuliffe secretly pressuring Richmond City Council to back Shockoe Bottom

February 11, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

City Council Votes Unanimously to Build Slavery Museum

February 11, 2014

WRIC - ABC 8

 

Council votes to support funding for Shockoe slavery sites

February 11, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Richmond approves $5 million for Shockoe slave history project

February 11, 2014

Kelly Avellino, WWBT-TV NBC 12

 

Moving Richmond forward with Tourism!

February 10, 2014

Tourism in the RVA Blog

 

Richmond abuzz with ideas for remaking the Boulevard

February 9, 2014

Carol Hazard, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Top 10 reasons the Shockoe ballpark is a bad idea

February 9, 2014

Michael Rogers, Highways and Hallowed Halls

 

City to signal support for slavery history project

February 9, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

City Council disavows door-to-door ballpark drive

February 7, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Throwing Fastballs

February 7, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Richmond receives second unsolicited offer on warehouse near Diamond

February 7, 2014

Zachary Reid, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Is Shockoe Bottom safe enough for a stadium?

February 6, 2014

Kelly Avellino, WWBT-TV NBC 12

 

Who's paying people to drum up support for Shockoe stadium plan?

February 6, 2014

Scott Wise and Joe St. George, WTVR CBS6

 

Richmond Needs an Innovation District, not a Baseball Stadium

February 6, 2014

James Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion

 

Pro-ballpark signs stolen in Union Hill

February 6, 2014

Church Hill People's News

 

GOLDMAN: Agelasto, Baliles, Hilbert, Samuels, Trammell key Shockoe Stadium votes

February 6, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Shockoe Business Owners Share Their Hopes and Concerns for Future of RVA Baseball

February 5, 2014

Brad, RVA Mag

 

City Council Members Question Legality of Pro-Stadium Ad

February 4, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Pro-stadium ad appears in publication funded by Richmond taxpayers

February 4, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Citizens and Law Makers Continue To Clash over Future RVA Baseball Stadium

January 30, 2014

Brad, RVAmag

 

Mayor: 'Revitalize RVA is a bold plan'

January 30, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Richmond Mayor: State of the City is cool

January 30, 2014

Ray Daudani, WWBT-TV NBC 12

 

GOLDMAN: Seven 'yes' votes needed, or just give? Potential Shockoe Stadium shocker

January 30, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Richmond mayor ties revenue, stadium plan

January 30, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Editorial:  Athens Squirrels

January 28, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

City Council postpones controversial agenda items

January 28, 2014

Liz Butterfield, RVA News

 

City council postpones action on Shockoe Bottom plan

January 28, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Before You Dig

January 27, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Richmond meeting draws stadium skeptics

January 26, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Minor League City

January 25, 2014

Highways and Hallowed Halls

 

BATES: Mayor open about Shockoe stadium plan

January 22, 2014

John W. Bates, WTVR CBS6

 

Flexibility now a focus of ballpark debate

January 22, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Ballpark Boosters Win Contract to Redevelop Boulevard

January 21, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Business league endorses Shockoe plan

January 19, 2014

Ken Ampy, Richmond Times-Dispatch Letter to the Editor

 

Building on History: How much should development yield to archaeological research?

January 2014

Chris Dovi, Richmond Magazine

 

Letters to the Editor: Subsidizing baseball like subsidizing buggy whips

January 18, 2014

Robert Barnett, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Ballpark or No Ballpark, Shockoe Bottom Still May Get a Hotel

January 14, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Stadium advocacy by group that seeks tax exemption is questioned

January 17, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Williams: In economic talks, mayor misplays race card

January 17, 2014

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Schapiro: Richmond's mayor loses another loyalist at an inopportune time

January 15, 2014

Jeff Schapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Shockoe Ballpark Debate Fails to Reach Tipping Point

January 14, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly


Field of Dreams

January 14, 2014

Edwin Slipek, Style Weekly

 

Shockoe Stadium Debate Rules City Council Meeting

January 14, 2014

Mike Plantania, RVA Mag

 

GOLDMAN: Mayor Jones is the Miley Cyrus of Richmond

January 14, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Richmond City Council votes to take ownership of Diamond

January 14, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Today's top opinion: Stadium debate

January 14, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: 30 million reasons Mayor Jones hopes you won't read this column

January 13, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Mayor's comment on race, council raises concerns

January 11, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor's development plan finds little support at 5th District meeting

January 10, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor slams council, Goal: Rally support for his plan

January 9 - 11, 2014

Richmond Free Press staff report

 

Mayor's response to ballpark letter from Baliles

January 9, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

City group tours ballpark in Durham

January 9, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

GOLDMAN: City Charter says people can demand Shockoe Stadium referendum

January 8, 2014

Paul Goldman, WTVR CBS6

 

Crowd skeptical of ballpark plan at public meeting

January 8, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Southside meeting attendees not in favor of baseball in Shockoe

January 8, 2014

Richard H., Hills & Heights, RVANews

 

Richmond Mayor travels to Durham, N.C. to review ballpark plans

January 8, 2014

NBC12 Newsroom

 

Durham could be ballpark template

January 4, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

How 'Tredegar Green' and Shockoe Stadium Proposals Are Similar

January 4, 2014

Oregon Hill News

 

Richmond officials to visit Durham, N.C., next week

January 3, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Shockoe ballpark critics offer a different plan

January 1, 2014

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Digging to the Bottom: A timeline of Shockoe's many chapters

January 1, 2014

Bizhan Khodabandeh, Richmond Magazine

 

Group Pushes for Shockoe Growth Without Ballpark

December 31, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

2013 Richmonder of the Year: Mayor Dwight C. Jones

December 31, 2013

Tina Griego, Style Weekly

 

McDonnell's budget has $11 million for slave history site

December 30, 2013

Linda Wheeler, The Washington Post

 

Richmond official seeks UNESCO designation for Shockoe slavery sites

December 25, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

The Voter Detour

December 24, 2013

Michael Rogers, Style Weekly

 

LETTER: Could Ballpark Hinder Shockoe Development?

December 24, 2013

Brian Glass, Style Weekly

 

Residents passionately debate ballpark proposal

December 20, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Mayor striking out on baseball plan

December 19, 2013

Jeremy Lazarus, Richmond Free Press

 

Documents offer peek at the future of the Boulevard

December 19, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Are Richmond slave history sites, baseball development inextricably linked?

December 15. 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Richmond official: 'No baseball' not considered

December 13, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch 

 

GOLDMAN: Is funding plan for Shockoe stadium illegal?

December 13, 2013

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS6

 

Adviser: Developing Boulevard could cure 'retail desert'

December 12, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

McDonnell urges $11M for slave history sites

December 12, 2013

Olympia Meola and Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Va. Gov. McDonnell proposes $11 million for a slavery heritage site in Richmond

December 12, 2013

Susan Svrluga, Washington Post

 

Shockoe Stadium Proposal: Northside District 3 Meeting Recap

December 11, 2013

Partnership for Smarter Growth Blog

 

RMA votes to transfer Diamond to city at end of 2014

December 11, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Westfall: Site's gravitas calls for classic architecture

December 10, 2013

Carroll William Westfall, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Counting the votes:  Is the mayor's ballpark already sunk?

December 10, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Council balks again at Diamond transfer

December 10, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Swing and a Miss by Mayor at Community Meeting

December 9, 2013

Partnership for Smarter Growth Blog

 

New Questions about the Shockoe Stadium Proposal

December 9, 2013

James A. Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion

 

Burrs and Luke: Seize this moment to tell the story

December 9, 2013

Stacy Burrs and Roice Luke, Richmond Times-Dispatch


Today's top opinion: Squeeze play

December 9, 2013

Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Critics say ballpark parking tilts numbers toward Shockoe

December 8, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Baliles questions baseball plan in letter to mayor

December 7, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Read Councilman Baliles' full letter to the mayor here.

 

Below the Bottom: Historical Significance, Archaeology, and Public Engagement at Shockoe Bottom

December 6, 2013

Terry Brock

 

Mayor faces tough questioning at town hall on ballpark

December 5, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

City officials plan ballpark meetings ahead of vote

December 5, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Ballpark Boosters:  Richmond business interests take the lead in a pro-stadium campaign.

December 3, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

 Councilwoman:  Residents Say "Hell No" to Shockoe Stadium

December 3, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

$80 million? Time for a long rain delay

December 1, 2013

Susan Winiecki, Richmond Magazine

 

(Sierra Club Falls of the James Group) "Ex Com Unanimously Opposes Mayor's Proposal for Baseball Stadium in Shockoe Bottom"

December 2013

John Zeugner, The Fall Line

 

"Business on Broad - A Journey Down Richmond's Storied Broad Street"

Jacob Geiger, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

"Sacred Ground preservation, or another giveaway to developers? Which way for Shockoe Bottom?"

Autumn 2013

Ana Edwards & Phil Wilayto, The Virginia Defender

 

“Shockoe Bottom ballpark plan would require land deals – One family owns most parcels; Richmond put city’s Shockoe acquisition costs at $4.4 million”

November 30, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“Baseball pitch gets a little marketing love”

November 30, 2013

Brandy Brubaker, Richmond BizSense

 

“Counting the Votes – A second City Council member comes out in opposition to the mayor’s ballpark proposal”

November 27, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

“Architecture Review: The Shockoe Ballpark Plan – Richmond’s oldest neighborhood deserves a lot more planning than a rubber stamp for a baseball stadium”

November 26, 2013

Edwin Slipek, Style Weekly

 

“LETTER: Better Analysis Should Drive Ballpark Plan”

November 26, 2013

Rick Tatnall, Style Weekly

 

“Counties say Richmond didn’t ask for help on ballpark – Remarks by Richmond mayor don’t go over well in Henrico, Chesterfield”

November 25, 2013

Ted Strong and Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Press Release: The Black History Museum Endorses Mayor Jones' Commitment to Black History

November 24, 2013

The Black History Museum

 

“Bart Hinkle:  Shockoe baseball – hot stove or cold?

November 24, 2013

Barton Hinkle, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“Itching for Shockoe Ballpark Action? Get Ready to Wait.”

November 22, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

RELEASE: Greater Richmond Chamber Board unanimously votes to support Revitalize RVA plan

November 19, 2013

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

 

“Council committee to take up Shockoe ballpark today – Today, residents have first chance to weigh in on plan for Shockoe Bottom, the Boulevard”

November 19, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“Who Owns the Bottom? – Here’s who stands to win big if that mayor’s plan for Shockoe goes forward.”

November 19, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

Rebkee purchases Bottom properties near proposed ballpark site

November 19, 2013

Carol Hazard, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Revitalize RVA

November 18, 2013

Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Building the Best Richmond Newsletter

 

Silvestri: Shockoe plan's the major pivot

November 17, 2013

Tom Silvestri, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“Ballpark proposal is all or nothing – Council to take up mayor’s plan linking Shockoe Bottom and Boulevard development”

November 17, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

HOLMBERG: Baseball field is also about a floodplan solution

November 15, 2013

Mark Holmberg, WTVR - CBS6

 

“Fates of two areas hinge on ballpark”

November 15, 2013

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“GOLDMAN: Should it matter the Mayor misled Richmond on baseball, slavery museum?”

November 14, 2013

Paul Goldman, WTVR-CBS 6

 

Second Thoughts on the Shockoe Bottom Baseball Plan

November 13, 2013

James A. Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion

 

“Boulevard looms large in fiscal analysis of ballpark”

November 13, 2013

Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

"The Cost of Baseball in Shockoe Bottom"

November 13, 2013

Harry Kollatz, Richmond Magazine

 

NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Let's transform Richmond: it's more than just baseball

Kym Grinnage, WWBT NBC12

 

Squirrels back Shockoe ballpark proposal

November 12, 2013

John O'Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“For the Fences – Opinion: Four reasons why a new ballpark in Shockoe Bottom is the right solution.”

November 12, 2013

Mark Kronenthal, Style Weekly

 

“The Pitch – Mayor Jones unveils his grand plan for baseball in Shockoe Bottom”

November 12, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

“Questions ahead for stadium plan – Financing, support for Shockoe proposal unclear”

November 12, 2013

Graham Moomaw and Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“Williams: Ballpark plan fails to connect with city’s past”

November 12, 2013

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch”

 

“Ballpark plan’s roster heavy on developers”

November 12, 2013

Burl Rolett, Richmond BizSense

 

"Beneath the Baseball"

November 12, 2013

Chris Dovi, Richmond Magazine

 

Shockoe Stadium Pros & Cons

November 12, 2013

Richmond.com

 

An Electrifying Plan for Shockoe Bottom

November 11, 2013

James A. Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion

 

“Shockoe Bottom plan draws protesters”

November 11, 2013

Graham Moomaw and Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“Hinkle: Could a small stadium do big good?”

November 6, 2013

Barton Hinkle, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“Double Play – The mayor’s strategy to win over black leaders for a stadium on the hallowed ground of Shockoe Bottom”

November 5, 2013

Ned Oliver and Tina Griego, Style Weekly

 

Baseball in Richmond: A history lesson from Ron Pomfrey

November 2, 2013

Ron Pomfrey, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“Shockoe ballpark: unforced error”

October 15, 2013

Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Baseball Block: Opposition coalesces against a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom

October 11, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly

 

“Mayor asked to let public weigh in on ballpark plans”

September 17, 2013

Joe Macenka, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Branding Shockoe Bottom

July 24, 2013

Brian Chandler, Commonwealth PR

 

Shockoe Bottom stadium: No

June 9, 2013

Randolph Bell and Jonathan Wight, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL

We asked you to submit questions that you think Richmond City Council should be asking about the Shockoe redevelopment proposal.  We will keep this section updated with your questions and answers from the City as they come in.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Can businesses that could provide more than low-wage service sector jobs  be attracted to this location?

 

Where are examples of the type of financing proposed being successful?

 

How much do you plan to raise property tax rates in Richmond, if your revenue from the new development is at the worst case scenario in reality?

What historic evidence points to support for baseball as an economic driver for Richmond when there has never been overwhelming support in the past? Interest in baseball, in general is diminishing in public interest.

 

Can we get a guarantee that at least a certain % of increased tax revenue will be earmarked for public education?

The September, 2008 ERA/Chmura study found that a plan like the Mayor's (including highest and best use for the Boulevard and a stadium in Shockoe) is unprofitable to the city if the stadium is not subsidized by the counties.

1.  Is this why the city provided the comparables and all other financial assumptions (i.e. phasing and absorption) used to produce revenue estimates in the current Davenport 2013 report (which found the Mayor's plan to be highly profitable to the city)?

 

2. What are the comparables provided by the city to Davenport for the Davenport 2013 report?

 

3.  Who created the assumptions on phasing and absorption that were given to Davenport for the current report?

 

4. Will Davenport be asked to correct their report? They apparently misread the Chmura assumption of 65% occupancy and Average Daily Rate of $120. Davenport assumes that we reach those figures. They say that the prior report is the source of this assumption. However, the September 2008 Era/Chmura study found the opposite. They found that we would not reach 65% occupancy or an average daily rate of $120.00. This means that to be internally and factually consistent, both hotels should be removed from the current report as well as the conference center placed inside the Boulevard-located hotel.

 

5. The Davenport presentation states that they assume there will be no developer incentives offered. Does the Administration, Council and the EDA have any intention to avoid offering developer incentives? Will they be selling the land at these two sites at fair market value?

 

6. The Mayor's recent response to Councilman Baliles letter states that the Eastern Baseball League will back the payments owed to the City by the Flying Squirrels. Is this promise in writing?

7. What is the Mayor's plan if the bond issuance for the revenue bonds goes as poorly as it did when we raised revenue bonds for the 6th street marketplace?

 

8. One of the representatives of the city administration stated (in the 5th district meeting on Thursday the 9nth) that there is more buying power in the 15 mile radius around the Boulevard site than there is in the 15 mile radius around Short Pump Town Center. Why are they analyzing a 15 mile radius? That circle around the Boulevard includes Short Pump! Does the administration expect people who live near Short Pump to prefer to shop on the Boulevard? If so, why? It even encludes a sizeable portion of Mechanicsville! Why would those shoppers go to the big box stores, hotel, shopping or medical facilities intended for the Boulevard?

 

 

 

The following questions refer to this pdf:

http://jonbaliles.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/MayorsResponseJan7-2014.pdf

9. The Mayor's response to Councilman Baliles states that we will agree to a 'maximum price' that will require developers to absorb all cost overruns(page 7, third paragraph). What incentives will the city offer developers to entice them to accept the tens of millions of possible additional liability? Won't this violate the assumption of $0 in developer incentives used for the current Davenport Report?

 

10. Why were the capital maintenance costs for the new stadium left off the current Davenport report? How big are these expenses expected to be (top of page 5 in Davenport report with appendices)?

SMALL BUSINESS

 

What will the addition of a big-box store to the Boulevard do to local businesses in the Fan?

 

What businesses will we lose?  Rosie Connely's, Haligens, Havanna 59?

 

What measures are you going to take to protect existing small businesses in the area from being 'rented out' if the area's property becomes too valuable?

 

Will small businesses and restaurants be left responsible to fund any portion? We already struggle to pay the presently exorbitant city sales and meals tax rates. During my 6 year tenure as a restaurant in the Bottom, I have experienced financial loss during every one of the occasions in which city construction occurred (mostly utility work on stormwater /sewage, street or sidewalk reconstruction, etc). I anticipate construction will impact my sales and traffic flow. In what capacity will the city be able to provide financial relief or restitution?

PARKING AND TRAFFIC

 

Where is a real traffic study that includes stadium traffic in Shockoe Bottom? What we have seen so far is just about peak commuting traffic.

 

How will Bottom parking be managed to accommodate a planned influx for ball games? Parking is tight now.

 

What improvements will be made for traffic?

 

Has the city performed traffic studies on the north and southbound exits from I-95? Particularly, how drivers are supposed to locate the state owned parking decks?

 

Has the state officially agreed to let the public use these decks on a regular basis? If so when will these agreements be made public?

 

When is the "proposed" parking deck at the corner of E. Broad and 17th Street to be constructed? Will this be in conjunction with construction of the stadium?

 

If there is already congestion and a lack of parking in that area, what will the ballpark do?  I know that there was a Traffic Study done by the groups proposing the stadium, but that was clearly biased and did not include traffic from half of the proposed apartments, traffic from the proposed hotel, traffic from the expanded main street station, traffic levels since 2008 or from the stadium itself.

 

Parking. I read somewhere that there will be 3,000 (or maybe it was 5,000?) parking space 'nearby' for parking vs. the 2,000 currently at the Diamond. However, the Diamond doesn't share its 2,000 parking spaces with hundreds of restaurants and bars nearby like a stadium in Shockoe Bottom would. How many of these spaces are actually going to be available for stadium parking? It's already a fairly miserable experience trying to get a spot down there as is.

If they sponsored the Bottom and Back Bus (is that thing even around anymore?) or figured out a way to cheaply shuttle people to and from the Fan, at least all of the cars would be from people who would have to drive anyway. Is there any sort of Fan shuttle service planned?

 

The City of Richmond can't seem to keep cars from parking in non-parking zones during the a.m. and p.m. rush hours, which cause traffic congestion on a daily basis. How is the Richmond City Council going to prevent ANY additional rush hour traffic on Main Street during construction and during ballfield events?


ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORIC RESOURCES

 

Could development of the city real estate be successful without a baseball stadium? And how would the character of Richmond's iconic architecture be preserved surrounding the development? Without some form of preservation of the "Richmond architectural look", we will fall into the same fate that Atlanta did and become an uninteresting mish-mash of non-distinctive random building and tourists wondering what happened.

 

What efforts are going to be taken to preserve the current character of Shockoe Bottom?

 

Will there be any design controls to preserve the streetscape and historic nature of the Bottom?

 

Why can't we concentrate as developing the Slavery area as a major tourist attraction? This has the potential to add big bucks to tourism in Richmond.

 

What if there are archaeological finds from the slave auction where the stadium will be built?

 

Could the stadium and the slave museum be linked somehow?

 

How can we grow our proposed world class African American world historical site if we have a stadium next to it?

 

Why don't we embrace our historical past and use it for economic redevelopment rather [have] a ballpark on top of a burial ground?

 

How would the African American public not perceive the entertainment venue placed so near the sacred ground of a tragic past insensitive? Would visitors be offended at the attempt to make the slavery museum part of an entertainment venue?

 

A major shortfall of the Mayor's plan, from my perspective, was a lack of any real connection to the canal walk.

 

How does the proposal protect Richmond’s character and history?  None of my neighbors would want old buildings demolished to be replaced by an Applebees.


SHOCKOE CREEK AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

Why can't we take care of the stormwater and flood control in Jones's plan and let the Bottom develop on its own? It doesn't need big investments from outside developers. Already as the residential growth continues a grocery store, gas station and CVS followed. I feel other amenities will follow as more housing becomes available and we don't need a million dollar redevelopment project to make that happen. Infact plunking the stadium down in the middle of this might just curtail that development.

 

For the "alternate proposal" - what is the cost of daylighting Shockoe Creek, untangling the combined sewer, building several blocks of new bridges over the daylighted Shockoe Creek, relocating utility trunk lines, and building infrastructure for an inappropriate rural, car-focused design that has no supporting tax or revenue base, and how is that smart growth?

 

Why not consider daylighting and restoring at least part of Shockoe Creek?

Cities around the world are rediscovering and daylighting their buried urban tributaries to bring back economic vitality. In contrast, why is Richmond insisting on this proposal to bury historic Shockoe Creek in even more concrete?

 

Where is a real engineering study that explains in factual detail how the proposed stadium will abate flooding in Shockoe Bottom?

 

Since the baseball field will sit 10ft below street level, how do you plan to keep water from seeping in?

 

Restoring a natural surface water feature would (i) complement whatever is constructed, (ii) be an asset in marketing the area, (iii) be an amenity enjoyed by visitors, residents and businesses in the area, (iv) assist in solving the flooding problem (a properly engineered surface creek area can carry far more water when needed than any pipe), and (v) provide a  lovely bike-ped connection from Broad Street toward the Canal Walk, with a goal of making the river district and Broad Street more connected.

 

Why cannot a reopened Shockoe Creek with bike-ped paths be included in whatever ultimately is developed there?

STADIUM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

 

Is Richmond a stadium town yet? Will it have a retractable roof?

How will a specialist minority sporting facility that is so little used during the year (short season, 50% of games played away) serve a city center location?

 

Can the stadium be a multipurpose stadium for other sports(soccer, lacrosse etc.) , concerts, music festivals etc?

 

Why must we have baseball in Richmond?

Require the Squirrels to disclose their financials.

 

What will you do with the current stadium?

 

How will the proposal ensure that the Bottom will be family friendly for night games?


CITY-COUNTY RELATIONS

 

If county residents are fine with the current location of the ballpark, why are we moving the ball park just to build a Walmart?

 

If the counties, who have much more land, do not think building a baseball stadium is a good use of money, why does the city?

 

How many people from the county, taking their families to get hot dogs at the ball game will go to the bars downtown afterwards?

 

Who wants the stadium in the Bottom? Why is the city building a baseball stadium, used mostly by suburban residents by itself? Why hasn't letting the Squirrels go to the suburbs been on the table?

 

 

BOULEVARD CONCERNS

With all of the money that was just poured in to the Redskins development, the existing Diamond, Sportsbackers, Bow Tie Theater, and the Science and Children's Museums it seems like it would make more sense to reinvest in the existing site and make that your entertainment/sports district. The foundation is already there for large scale development and to handle increased traffic demands. What is so important about moving the stadium to the Bottom, that cannot be achieved with just reinvesting in the existing site?

 

Don’t we already have a stadium? Do we need a new one? Why? What are some other good uses of that land area? Who is footing the bill in the end?

 

On the Boulevard will there be any design controls or will the development look like every other suburban project in the United States?

 

How will the development on the Boulevard impact storm water management issues there?

Does the Boulevard development envision people driving from out of town to shop, if so where are the traffic impact studies on 95 through traffic and Boulevard neighborhood traffic?

Where are the housing/apartment needs studies that warrant all this development in the Bottom and the Boulevard?

 

What is wrong with the Diamond that couldn't be fixed with the same or less amount of taxpayer money as would be put into building a new stadium?

 

Is the Bottom proposal just a rouse to get it away from the Blvd at any cost so developers can have a free hand with that site? The proposals for the Blvd suggest "possible" timetables for development. What guarantees can developers offer to insure that the rosy proposals will actually come to fruition?

Why can't we have a POD for Boulevard before we decide on the Bottom so we can more the Boulevard site will create the revenues needed to support both sites?

 

Can the Boulevard be successfully developed alone without the stadium? 


COMMUNITY NEEDS

 

How will this benefit ALL members of our community?

 

Why not consider a green center, not unlike other cities (New York's Central Park, e.g.) to draw all age levels and families?

How will the developments of both areas promote a healthier, more physically active, and sustainable Richmond? What enhancements will be made to pedestrian and bike infrastructure? Will the developments use complete streets?

Are those the best use of money for the city? What are the most urgent matters the would create the most improvement to ALL of Richmond's residents and not just for the benefit of the developers?

 

How significant to the success of the development is public opinion opposed to the plan? Why does the mayor continue to drive forward to a plan that is so flawed?

 

Where is a proposal that fits the criteria defined by the 2009 Downtown Master Plan?

 Is expenditure of public money on these projects warranted by the public good created?

 

How much will this cost to taxpayers?  Many MCV campus students live in the area because it is close that school , very important to consider as many of us spend long hours on campus and benefit from short commutes, not to mention this is more environmentally responsible. How will this stadium reduce housing availability in the bottom? How will the noise impact students who are trying to study?

 

Why is it taking so long to make up your minds regarding this economic development initiative? Why are you only listening to the 200 screaming voices of Church Hill rather the 200,000 citizens of Richmond who believe that jobs are most critical to this City?

 

Why is the mayor given free reign to spend money on such a plan without regard to the public's opinion? Perhaps, these questions are not those that the city government is willing to address. But without crystal clear transparency on these issues there will never be respect given to the proposed project.