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Councilman hosts meeting on Redskins deal

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

People concerned about the development of the Redskins training camp in Richmond will get a chance to sound off Thursday night.

The new facility is expected to be built behind the Science Museum of Virginia off Leigh Street. Concerns include spending taxpayer money for the development and a lack of communication to people in the city about the deal.

Supporters of the project say it will generate hundreds of jobs, healthcare opportunities and will boost the local economy. Two practice fields and a medical facility are expected to be built on the site. Bon Secours is playing a major role in the plans.

In exchange for the healthcare's commitment to backing the training camp, Bon Secours gets naming rights and the Westhampton School property. The plan is to turn it into a medical facility. Other politicians have said leasing the Westhampton School property to Bon Secours is not a good use of taxpayer funds. Keep in mind the entire plan needs to be approved by the Richmond City Council.

That building, which is now empty, sits on the corner of Patterson and Libbie avenues in the first district.

Councilman Bruce Tyler is opposed to this plan, saying on his website the neighborhood didn't know about it.

Thursday's meeting goes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia.

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