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Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced Friday that he will pursue a $10 million federal grant to advance the third and final phase of the renovation of Main Street Station. Link

And with enrollment on the rise again after years of decline, the call for more classroom space is getting louder. Link

In the city, the approach for decades has been deflection and denial. The state of schools got so bad by last year, officials put together a 10-year, $104.7 million list to show backlogged routine maintenance. No one paid much attention. Link

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The latest budget proposal from Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones offers no new money for the implementation of the city’s Riverfront Plan, which has raised concern among outdoor groups about what the lack of funding could mean for projects such as the Brown’s Island dam walk.  Link

The Virginia Senate this month passed a bill that would allow the city of Fredericksburg to capture additional revenue from its planned minor league baseball complex.

State law allows certain localities, including Fredericksburg, to retain a portion of state sales tax revenues generated at public facilities such as minor league baseball stadiums to help pay off the bonds issued to build them. Link

The investors in the planned Fredericksburg minor league baseball complex plan to purchase the land in February, break ground in March and have the facility ready for the start of the 2015 season.

The stadium project itself, estimated at $29 million, is being built with private funds. Fredericksburg is providing an array of tax reimbursements to the partners to help cover the debt service on the complex. Link

The city of Richmond has received a second unsolicited offer to purchase a warehouse near The Diamond that has been at the heart of a battle between the city’s School Board and the administration of Mayor Dwight C. Jones. Link

The Mayor should ask City Council to put an advisory referendum on the ballot this November letting the people decide whether they want baseball on the Boulevard or in the Bottom. If Richmond residents want to make the decision themselves, they can vote against both sites or pick one and reject the other. Link

Last Tuesday night, each of 50 Richmonders traveling to Durham, N.C., the next day to see the transformative wonders of its baseball park, falls into deep slumber. Something amazing happens. They all experience the same dream. Link