Rich­mond mayor unveils base­ball sta­dium plan

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

Rich­mond Mayor Dwight C. Jones un­veiled plans for a $200 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment that in­cludes a mi­nor­league base­ball sta­dium.

Mr. Jones said dur­ing a Mon­day news con­fer­ence that the Shock­hoe Bot­tom de­vel­op­ment also would in­clude a slav­ery and free­dom her­itage site. At least $30 mil­lion will be raised for this project.

The Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch re­ported that pro­test­ers heck­led Mr. Jones dur­ing his an­nounce­ment.

The project has drawn crit­i­cism for the sta­dium’s po­ten­tial im­pact on a nearby slave burial ground and the his­tory of the slave trade in Shock­hoe Bot­tom.

Mr. Jones said the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would create 400 jobs, along with 1,000 con­struc­tion jobs.

The new sta­dium would be the Rich­mond Fly­ing Squir­rels’ home.

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