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STADIUM VOTE Council president wants referendum on ballpark site

Samuels seeks input from Richmond residents ahead of possible referendum

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    Professional baseball in Richmond has been played on the Boulevard since 1954, and The Diamond has stood there since 1985. City officials continue to evaluate a Shockoe Bottom location for a new ballpark.

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    Critics of the mayor's plan say a combination of baseball and development could work on the Boulevard with a parking deck.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 4:14 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014.

Richmond’s City Council president wants to put the thorny question of where to put a new ballpark for the Flying Squirrels to voters this fall.

Council President Charles R. Samuels said Monday night he will introduce legislation at next week’s council meeting to call for a November referendum on the best site for a replacement for The Diamond. He’ll also present an ordinance that would prevent any city-owned real estate except the area around The Diamond from being used for a ballpark, until after the referendum.

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