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Richmond committee: Don’t put ballpark location to vote

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe decision where to build a new ballpark for the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) should not be left to voters in a November referendum, according to a city committee recommendation.

Though the recommendation from the Organizational Development Committee doesn’t technically kill the proposal, it does send a clear signal that the full council is highly unlikely to ask voters to choose between Shockoe Bottom and the Boulevard — where The Diamond is located — as the site for a new ballpark. The issue, according to opponents of the referendum, had nothing to do with the merits of a new ballpark, but rather a desire to avoid putting land-use decisions up to the general populace.

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