Advocates for “smart growth” and local archaeological experts are expressing concerns with Mayor Jones' plan to relocate the Richmond Squirrels to a new stadium in Shockoe Bottom. The Partnership for Smarter Growth has sent a letter to the Jones administration asking them to restart the debate on Shockoe Stadium. They want to see greater transparency and public input on the project.
Stewart Schwartz is the Policy Chair for the Partnership for Smarter Growth. Schwartz says the time period the city is allotting is too short to conduct proper archaeological and historic research. Ellen Chapman with RVA Archaeology, a community organization which advocates for archaeological resources in the city says she’s concerned with the lack of public engagement on the Mayor’s archaeological initiative and a lack of answers to key questions. Schwartz says the current stadium proposal would obscure the existing street grid, something he says should be preserved.
The Partnership for Smarter Growth has not endorsed any of the alternative ballpark plans.