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Mayor Jones Withdraws Shockoe Stadium Plan

15 minutes before last night’s Richmond City Council meeting, Mayor Dwight Jones withdrew his Shockoe Bottom ballpark proposal from consideration after a majority of council members expressed opposition to it.

Councilman Parker Agelasto believes many of the financial details of the Mayor’s plan were overly optimistic.

Councilman Jon Baliles says the plan put a moral obligation on the city that he was uncomfortable with. Baliles says Council members will have to meet with the administration to decide where the money set aside for the Shockoe project will now go.

Jones plans to reintroduce the plan at a later date and he’s scheduled a meeting on Thursday to discuss it further with Council, though some members say they don’t plan to attend.