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It is clear the Mayor timed his announcement in order to make it as hard as possible for the City Council to properly review the statistics in time to meet the required construction start/finish deadlines. Link
How did that happen?
December 9, 2013
Department of Economic and Community Development website:
‘Jane C. Ferrara, CCIM, Chief Operating Officer’
December 9, 2013
Department of Human Resources:
We do not have a title of Chief Operating Officer.
Lorraine Adeeb, Deputy Director
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Twice the people of Richmond have rejected a proposal to put a minor league baseball stadium in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. Now Mayor Jones is back with a new plan and we think this makes strike three. Link
Richmond City Councilman Jonathan T. Baliles says it will be “difficult, if not impossible” for him to support Mayor Dwight C. Jones’s proposal for a Shockoe Bottom ballpark unless significant questions about financial risk are answered, according to a letter the 1st District councilman wrote to the mayor this week. Link
See letter below.
As Richmond officials considered locations for a new baseball stadium, they relied on different parking assumptions for Shockoe Bottom and the Boulevard, a discrepancy some skeptics believe has tipped the scales toward the Bottom by failing to consider the full range of possibilities for a new stadium on the Boulevard.Link
A program of the Greater Richmond Chamber
(business membership association)
Jennifer McClellan, Delegate
(represents Boulevard, Shockoe Bottom)
Dwight Jones, Mayor
(patron of stadium plan)
Charles Samuels, Richmond City Council President
(vote pending on stadium plan)
Robert Jones, Alliance Group
(public relations firm hired to promote stadium plan)
Suzette Denslow, Mayor’s Office
(mayor’s chief of staff)
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“How do you conceive that it’s proper to have fireworks over a city jail, a hospital and our kids in the East End?” said plan critic Jean Wight. “And have bands and all this other stuff? Have you even considered the quality of life of the people around it?” Link