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Richmond: No vote on ballpark location

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe Richmond City Council made it official last night: Residents will not get to choose the location of a new Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) ballpark.

Council President Charles R. Samuels had proposed putting the location to voters in the form of a fall referendum. And while that initially was seen as a good thing — the issue did shift to the location of a ballpark, not whether a new ballpark should be built — in the end the council decided not to take that course of action, saying land-use decisions shoudn’t be left to a majority vote.

That leaves things where they were before, with residents and the Flying Squirrels ownership waiting to hear from Mayor Dwight Jones on a ballpark plan. Jones has floated Shockoe Bottom as a potential ballpark site, but some residents oppose that, saying that the former slave-trading site is more suited to a museum. It’s an issue Jones will need to address. The Flying Squirrels currently play at The Diamond on the outskirts of town; one proposal has a new ballpark built in that area, with The Diamond torn down and the space used for parking.

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