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Richmond ballpark vote now set for February

Proposed Richmond Flying Squirrels ballpark

Any decision on a new Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) ballpark will come in February or even March, as City Council members say they need more time for research and deliberation.

It doesn’t appear that the delay is an attempt to kill the project — which, as we all know, happens all the time — but rather an attempt to make sure the right decision is reached. “I think there are a lot of outstanding questions on this item,” Councilman Chris A. Hilbert told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “We certainly owe it to everyone to make the most informed decision that we can.”

Several councilmembers have scheduled community meetings to gauge voter feelings on the new ballpark. The 200-million funding plan calls for the ballpark development, a hotel, 750 apartment units and a Kroger store.

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