Richmond developer makes proposal for City Stadium

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond company wants to get its message across over plans to turn City Stadium into a residential and retail development.

Since the University of Richmond built its own on-campus football stadium and stopped playing there, many consider the space as prime real estate -- the fight is over what will become of it.

We received a copy of artistic renderings for the 20-acre site. The plans are early drafts and are subject to change, but they do give you a sense of what the Fulton Hill Partnership is proposing.

It's a mixed-use development and 40 percent of it would be residential. There's a spot for a hotel, a museum and parking. Less than 15 percent of the land would be for retail space. The other end of the site calls for a medical office. These drawings are a rough draft and have not been submitted to the city.

We showed the drafts to the Allens, the stadium is their front yard. And they didn't mind the Saturday football games.

"You know it was only for one day. We're talking about seven days a week now. So, it's a big difference,"said Percey Allen.

"Having no where to park and people just walking up and down the street. No, we don't have that now. Everybody knows everybody and it's quiet," said Kim Allen.

The Richmond Spiders packed up and left City Stadium last year. The occasional football and soccer game still happens here, but for the most part, the 82 year old sports venue, nestled in a neighborhood just outside Carytown, sits empty.

"It can't just remain dormant you know since University of Richmond has left, it's been dormant," said Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. Public outcry from neighbors at a meeting last week prompted Mayor Jones to declare "no deal had been struck."

Thursday he said, he plans to find out what the community would like to see happen. "It's a great opportunity we have to find the highest and best usage for that property, but we have to do it conjunction and in collaboration with the community."

We reached a spokesperson for Fulton Hill Partnership by phone today. Paul Bratten told us, "We are in the preliminary planning stages. We are eager to engage the public and talk to them about the possibility for the highest and best use for the site."

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