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With district meetings scheduled for most of January, several council members say a vote on the major development proposal unveiled last month by Mayor Dwight C. Jones isn’t likely to happen until February or later. Link
On Oct. 21, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones suggested to Style Weekly he was still considering the best location for a new stadium for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
But behind the scenes, business interests working with the city already had developed a marketing strategy to promote the Shockoe Bottom proposal Jones rolled out publicly Nov. 11. Link
November 19, 2013. Governmental Operations Committee. Baliles’ introduced his proposal by implying it would mean less work for him: “For the next four years I have every second and fourth Monday completely blocked off. Even though the meeting start at 3pm, it’s pretty much, you know, you use the morning portion of the day to prepare and get ready…”
The Richmond City Council won’t be cutting its regular meeting schedule in half anytime soon after a council committee chose Monday to postpone the proposal until early next year to allow for a broader look at potential reforms to council operations. Link
The November 21st and December 2nd notices mentioned in the article indicate that a copy was sent to:
The Honorable Dwight C. Jones, Mayor
Byron Marshall, Chief Administrative Officer
Lou Brown Ali, Council Chief of Staff
Allen Jackson, City Attorney
Monday’s meeting, which was announced more than 10 days ago, was shortened considerably after it became clear that the administration was not ready to meet and offer a presentation on the city’s comprehensive annual financial report for the previous fiscal year and other finance metrics, according to officials. Link
The Weiman’s Bakery property, where home plate would lie, was purchased this year by developers David White and H. Louis Salomonsky, who would handle the 700 new apartments involved in the Shockoe proposal. Link