Shockoe stadium critics say taxpayers are indirectly funding a no-bid contract to build an apartment complex, which is central to the Mayor’s Shockoe Bottom development plan. Paul Goldman, former advisor to Governor and later Mayor Douglas Wilder, says the Jones administration is using the Economic Development Authority in order to bypass city and state laws requiring public projects be open to competitive bidding. He calls the deal a back room scheme that stems from an administrative culture of corruption.
Tammy Hawley, press secretary for Mayor Dwight Jones, says the both the Shockoe Stadium and the slavery heritage site will be competitively bid. City Council will hear further details on the Shockoe Bottom development plan at a land use committee meeting today May 22) at 3:00 p.m.