Richmond, Virginia (WRIC) – $ 1.8 million in taxpayer funding will soon help bring the aging Diamond Stadium up to Premier League baseball standards as Richmond City Hall is considering redevelopment proposals from developers.
Squirrels vice president Todd “Guys” Parnell said: “The city has really stepped up and shown MLB and us that they are very serious about Squirrels and keeping baseball at Richmond.”
Richmond Department of Public Works recently said the light level on the backyard has dropped by 40% after the last two seasons and by 25% in the far field.
The department also cited the need to build another tunnel for batting and punching to meet MLB standards.
Despite the gratitude of the top management for “Flying” after the decision of the city council on the reconstruction, the clock is interested in keeping the lower league in Richmond.
Squirrels President Lou Dybela said that if the new stadium is not built by 2025, “Richmond will never have baseball again”, calling for accelerated reconstruction.
The 37-year-old stadium is central to plans to renovate City Hall for the Diamond District, located between North Arthur Ash Boulevard and Hermitage Road, north of West Lee Street.
Mayor Levar Stony’s administration is actively considering 15 interested developers who applied for interest last month, and as reported will be reviewed this month.
The total appraised value of the diamond, including land and construction assets, were appreciated at $ 14,968.00 in January.
Stoney expressed optimism that the Diamond Reconstruction Project could be implemented. But several recent major construction projects he supported have failed to materialize.
The $ 1.5 billion Navy Hill Reconstruction Project, which promises to destroy the empty Richmond Colosseum in the city center, was crushed city council.
The casino project on the south side was rejected by voters at the ballot box in November.
But does the Squirrel have confidence in the Diamond Plan? Parnell said, “Every morning I click my heels and say, ‘I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe.'”
Parnell and Dibela said the $ 1.8 million renovation would not be an expensive patch until a new stadium was built, promising that lighting and tunnel installations could be used at the new stadium or other urban facility.