Bon Secours is partnering with the City of Richmond to make the Washington Redskins' training camp move a reality.
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones announced the team's decision Monday afternoon to relocate the summer training camp to a site on Leigh Street behind the Science Museum of Virginia.
"We are announcing an agreement today that has overall merits for the entire city," said Mayor Jones. "Our efforts have leveraged the world-class opportunity of bringing the Washington Redskins summer training camp to Richmond into an estimated $40 million investment in our city with greatly expanded benefits."
A letter of intent outlines the agreement between the City and Bon Secours Richmond Health Systems, which includes a number of developments related to the new training facility.
Included in the agreement are plans for the construction of a $6.4 million sports medicine facility over the next 10 years. The facility would be used by the team over the 3-week camp and be open to the public by appointment during the rest of the year.
Bon Secours will lease the former Westhampton School site for a medicine and related use facility, as well. The plans also call for the development of a new medical wellness and fitness center in the city's east end, adjacent to Bon Secours Community Hospital.
In total, the Westhampton site construction is expected to create 120 new jobs with a minimum of $10 million in payroll. The east end facility will add 75 new jobs and a minimum $5.7 million in payroll. The Leigh Street facility is expected to create another 200 jobs.
"The Washington Redskins and our fans are excited about the team's summer training camp move to Richmond," said Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen. "We are grateful to the leadership shown by Gov. McDonnell along with Mayor Jones and his Relocation Steering Committee, and want to thank them and Bon Secours Health Systems for their commitment to building a world class training facility. We believe our Richmond training camp experience will become the model for all professional spots teams."
The City also anticipates the economic impact of the camp will total $8.5 million per year for the 3-week session, as fans spend money in the Fan, along the Boulevard and around the area.
Specifics of the deal are still being finalized. A resolution will be introduced Monday night at City Council supporting the plans.
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