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vaceltic last won the day on July 16 2011

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    New Richmond Arena

    It’s gonna be hard to increase the percentage of affordable units to make the plan viable. The density would have to increase significantly to increase the number of affordable units, but still would leave the percentage requirement unmet. Stoney’s terms are not realistic. If he changed the metric from percent of units to just a flat number of units, it could be more workable.
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    New Richmond Arena

    What the difference in real arena football versus second rate arena football?
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    Richmond Sports

    Julius Erving, Ralph Sampson, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, and Ben Wallace would all be on board!
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    Richmond Sports

    It’d be amazing to get an NFL team in Richmond and stick it to Dan Snyder
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    Richmond Sports

    I didn’t argue that I think we are too close to DC to have a successful team. DC franchises themselves would claim Richmond as part of their market and try to block one from being here. Whether they would be successful or not, depends on the sport, who owned the team, and how much influence they have.
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    Richmond Sports

    Kickers games are really fun! And i’d probably go to every regular season NBA G-League game if Richmond had one!
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    Richmond Sports

    I can see them lumping the two together as one market because Norfolk does not have the corporate presence needed to support stadium sponsorships, luxury boxes, etc; whereas Richmond does, but not necessarily the population totals. When Hampton Roads tried to lure an NHL franchise, the pitch was to treat Richmond-Norfolk as a continguous area that the team would draw from. It was a stretch then and probably even moreso today. I think an MLS franchise could work, but any attempt for Richmond to shoot for major leagues would meet heavy resistance from DC franchises.
  8. There was an opinion article by Shapiro on RTD about the bonds (you have to be digital subscriber to see it). Apparently, the TIF district is being proposed because the city’s credit card was maxed out during Jones administration deals (so says opinion article). I could stomach the City ponying up less than 1/3 of the total deal, but everything’s about “projections” and “estimates”. The real question I have is, what is a rational estimate?
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    Richmond Developments

    It’s pretty encouraging to see all the new speculative industrial warehousing being constructed around town. Richmond is fortunate to have a pretty diverse economy, low cost of living, and attractive jobs market. I hope developments like this continue!
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    New Richmond Arena

    I don’t think it is part of the proposal, yet. But Im assuming since it’s bejng explored, the original developer backed out of his plans for City Center. This block is owned by city so it could easily be part of the TIF district expansion.
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    New Richmond Arena

    The NH rendering as it exists now doesn’t include that block. At least it didn’t look like it
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    New Richmond Arena

    Not really new news, but related, the city center proposed development rendering is OBE - the article mentions potentially expanding the TIF district into this block is as part of the overall proposal.
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    New Richmond Arena

    The proposed hotel is a Hyatt brand. Wonder if this affects the Canal Walk Hyatt proposal at all?
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    New Richmond Arena

    I saw the notice that was put out for changing the bike lane route. Pretty shameful tactic, IMO.
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    New Richmond Arena

    I'm not against the concept of redevelopment persay, but organic development is happening all over town, why not wait for it to happen here too? Look at the state of Scott's Addition and Manchester 10 years ago. The city is trying to socially engineer a section of vacant land, when: #1: The whole reason the area is vacant today is due to Richmond's own failed social engineering efforts between the 1950s-70s that destroyed the neighborhood of navy hill (interstate highway construction and construction of the Richmond Coliseum itself). See this informative article about history repeating itself: http://richmondmagazine.com/news/richmond-history/downtown-transformation-richmond-coliseum/ #2: Richmond has a terrible track record of success with large-scale public-private partnerships #3: The proposal didn't get any competitive bidding. I would assume if its parameters were feasible to the private sector, there would be multiple bidders clamoring to bid on it #4: The proposal attempts to solve some problems that aren't there and tries to address ones that have been there for years, but they won't connect the dots for you on the last point. Isn't the hotel's construction trying to solve the issue of not having enough events at the convention center of a size and scale that make the city break even on THIS past investment? So lets throw more money there to create a hotel that no private developer thought to build since the convention center opened? The opening of the Moxy, Marriott Courtyard, Hilton Garden Inn, Quirk, Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites combo (office tower conversion), Hyatt have happened been done or planned in the past 5 years in proximity without using city bonds. If the true concern is affordable housing, there are several Community Development Corporations in the area that have been doing this for decades and are experts in accomplishing this all over town. Better Housing Coalition and Southside Community Development Corporation come to mind as pioneers in resurrecting Cary St., Church Hill, Blackwell, and other southside neighborhoods. If the concern is the arena and quality of life, we have the choice of several within a two hour drive (DC, JPJ in Cville, and Raleigh - although Raleigh is a bit further but I've gone to plenty of concerts there on a day trip - tix are usually cheaper than DC too).