RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- Baseball on the Boulevard will come to a close in just two years, under an ambitious plan unveiled by Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones to put a baseball stadium complex in Shockoe Bottom.
Mayor Jones stood near the corner of 17th and Grace streets, where he says home plate will be for the 2016 Richmond Flying Squirrels season under the Revitalize RVA proposal unveiled Monday. The proposal would bring in $10 million in net tax revenue a year, according to the Mayor, almost double what he says be created at the Diamond.
"This will be the best ballpark in minor league baseball, with every possible amenity. That's a dramatic improvement over these crumbling parking lots, where the flood plain has kept this area untouched for decades," said Jones.
In addition, the plan calls for 750 apartments, a full-size grocery store and a 200-room Hyatt hotel. Jones noted the City has already secured letters of intent from developers behind those projects.