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November 12, 2013

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The Mayor of Richmond in Virginia, Dwight Jones, has unveiled plans for a new $200m development in Shockoe Bottom, US.

The plan, dubbed Revitalize RVA, will feature a new baseball stadium, which will have a seating capacity for 7,200 spectators, and be built as a sunken bowl.

Revitalize RVA will also include a slavery and freedom heritage site, retail, residential, hotel, and office space, plus parking.

The Shockoe ballpark will be surrounded by apartment buildings, a 360-degree concourse, and a flying roof.

The project also includes 750 new apartment units, 200 of which will be connected to the ballpark with the remaining 550 immediately across Broad Street.

Plans also include a 65,000ft² Kroger grocery store and a 200-room Hyatt Hotel.

Jones said the plan will generate about $200m in net new revenue over the next 20 years.

"That’s money we can invest in public schools, transportation, public safety, and all of the attributes of a Tier One city," Jones said.

"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."

The city will be planning a series of public input sessions and a schedule for those meetings is expected to be announced soon.

Construction is anticipated to commence early in 2014. After completion the ballpark will serve as the new home for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Image: Aerial view of stadium bowl. Photo: Courtesy of City of Richmond.

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