By: Kym Grinnage email
Under the banner Revitalize RVA, Mayor Dwight Jones made his presentation to the citizens of this fine city and to all of Central Virginia: Baseball and the Slavery and Freedom Heritage Site are coming to Shockoe Bottom. So what does this mean for Richmond?
I think it means a transformational step forward for the citizens of Central Virginia and a long overdue memorial to the slaves who helped build these United States. But this is also a business decision. Additional hotel space and a supermarket are well overdue for that area. According to the Mayor's projections, $179 million in additional revenue will be developed and that will be good for our public schools and the creation of new jobs.
If Richmond wants to be viewed as a first class city that is constantly moving forward, then this is the right thing to do. This is an excellent opportunity for us to transform a section of our city that is mainly comprised of empty parking lots and unused land into a Mecca comprised of two outstanding monuments.
If you go to LovingRVA.com and look at the architectural rendering, you will agree that this will be tremendous makeover for Shockoe. And the side by side bonus in this plan is that the Boulevard will become a first class retail destination.
But don't be a bystander. Whether you are pro or con, it is important that let City Council members know were you stand. A friend of mine asked "why not build it on the Boulevard" and it said, "Because it looks sexier downtown!!!" But don't quote me on that.