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City Selects Developer to Polish the Diamond District

One step closer to a new baseball stadium and larger development between Hermitage Road and Arthur Ashe Boulevard.




The redevelopment of the 67-acre site between Hermitage Road and Arthur Ashe Boulevard and the replacement of The Diamond baseball stadium into a new Diamond District has an official developer. Last night the City chose RVA Diamond Partners to tackle the massive project. RVA Diamond Partners is comprised of D.C.-based Republic Properties Corp., Richmond-based developer Thalhimer Realty Partners (TRP) and Chicago-based investment bank Loop Capital. The decision was made by the selection committee and now the proposal goes to the city council. A seven-vote supermajority of the nine person council is required. The plan is to hold that vote later this year, to allow work on the new stadium early next year.

The anchor of the project will be a new baseball stadium for the Flying Squirrels. Additionally, there will be an 11-acre park and provide that 20% of rental units built will be available to households earning between 30%-60% of the area’s median income. At least 100 of these united will be open for project-based vouchers for public housing residents, according to the city. The image at the top of the page is all we have visually of the plan.

The most pressing deadline is for the new baseball stadium. Major League Baseball set a deadline of the start of the 2025 baseball season for all pro venues to meet new facility standards. The rest of the development will take place over the next 15 years.

The next in-person opportunity to learn about the selection process and the project is an in-person meeting tomorrow, Wednesday September 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM at the Bon Secours Training Center (2401 W. Leigh St). The meeting will be also simulcast on Teams Live: meeting link and attendee dial in number 804-316-9457 (Conference ID: 693 704 099#). There will also be a Telephone Town Hall Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 6:30 PM. To register for the telephone town hall click here. If you have a comment or question for the Evaluation Panel you can use this form to submit it. 

Bookmark the project page to keep up with developments.

Richmond BizSense has more nitty gritty details.


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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.