Richmond City Council voted Monday night to push plans for a stadium in Shockoe Bottom forward.
The resolution passed 6-3 with Reva Trammell, Parker Agelasto and president Charles Samuels voting no.
The resolution passing doesn't mean council actually supports the Mayor's economic development plan to bring a ballpark, grocery store, hotel and slavery heritage site to the Bottom. It just means members support further negotiations on Revitalize RVA.
Hundreds of people packed City Council chambers and more than 75 people sounded off on the Mayor's plan to bring baseball to Shockoe Bottom.
Many in the audience were against the new stadium. Among their concerns are the amount of money the project costs, jobs and desecrating the Bottom's history.
"We won't go away," said one opposed to the project. "We will be back when the earth movers come out on Shockoe Bottom and are willing to lie down or stand up in front of those earthmovers to prevent the development."
Rivaling the opposition in numbers and voice were those who support the project.
"I'm tired of going to the county to go grocery shopping," said a supporter. "We need development, we need development, we need development."
City Council members have concerns about the project, which is why they added amendments to the resolution. One amendment forces the city to come up with all the money for the project before they break ground.
Council President Charles Samuels wanted an archeological dig, traffic study and plan for the Boulevard before the project moves forward.
"To move forward while preserving our past," said Samuels. However, his amendments didn't pass.
Kathy Graziano said the resolution forces the administration to bring all information to the table before making such a big decision.
The mayor has until March 27 to bring a more detailed plan to City Council.
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