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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.

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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.

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RVA Beer Explorer: World Cup, Holiday Market, Gingerbread House Contest, Scott’s Addition Crawl

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GO DO THIS

World Cup Various Locations
Now through December 18th

Nearly every brewery and bar have the games on the big screen. One notable exception is Triple Crossing Fulton. We would recommend Three Notch’d and Triple Crossing. USA plays today at 2 PM for a do or die match. If you want to be among the American Outlaws the official USMNT supporter groups go to one of the spots below.

Triple Crossing Midlothian Holiday Market
December 3rd

Beer while you shop or beer while someone else shops. I still haven’t made it out to this spot yet, Foushee 4 Lyfe.

Join us for our outdoor Midlothian Holiday Market on December 3rd and shop gifts, goods, and treats for your loved ones and yourself.

Starting at 12pm, we will feature twelve local Richmond artisanal vendors.

Enjoy a beer, shop and have fun as you prepare for the holiday season!

We are dog friendly & family friendly. We also offer a selection of wine, mimosas and a full kitchen.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


COTU Gingerbread House Contest
December 2-4th

I have memories of building gingerbread houses that were complete nightmare fuel. Slanted walls, coated in frosting with random half-eaten candy dispersed throughout. Do better than me and you could win an evening at King’s Dominion.


Looking for a little Christmas cheer with your COTU beer?!?! Well, come hang out the weekend of December 2nd – 4th and join in on the gingerbread house contest. The winner gets 2 all-inclusive tickets to Kings Dominion’s Winterfest!

Date: Dec 2nd – Dec 4th
Time: During regular taproom Hours
Cost: $20 and includes a pre-assembled gingerbread house and access to additional candy decorations. Houses can be purchased upon arrival, while supplies last.
Judging: All participants will be assigned a number, which will be included in the photo taken by a COTU staff member once the house is complete. Participants can then take their house home to keep. Monday morning, the production crew will do a blind judging of all entrant photos to determine the winner. The winner will be announced and notified on Monday afternoon, December 5th.
The Prize: The overall winner will receive 2 all inclusive tickets to Kings Dominion’s Winterfest! Includes: Admission, Parking, Single Meal deal, and a Souvenir Mug. Valid until 1/1/23.


Scott’s Addition Home For The Holidays Crawl
December 3rd

I’m old, beer crawls with lots of other people make me grumpy. I’ll be doing my crawl with a buddy on Friday and missing out on possibly winning a cool prize pack.

Join us as we kick off this year’s House That Craft Built with a crawl through Scott’s Addition just in time for the holidays! All of partners will be donating proceeds to Richmond Habitat for Humanity that supports a build starting in early 2023. Wear your best holiday apparel or ugly sweater to get even more in the holiday spirit 🎄
Each partner is also donating merchandise that will be put together for gift basket giveaways! Everyone that RSVPs will be entered to win: https://givebutter.com/habitatholidaycrawl2022
Thanks so much to all Holiday Crawl Partners:
Bingo Beer Co
Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop
Brambly Park
Ardent Craft Ales
Reservoir Distrillery
The Veil Brewing Co (SA location)
Vasen Brewing Co
Strangeways Brewing (SA location)
Three Notch’d
Black Heath Meadery
Buskey Cider


BEER NEWS

A new spot is opening on Wednesday which might or might not be awesome. Our invite to the media preview apparently got lost in the mail. We’re not bitter, you’re bitter.

$8M entertainment venue The Park at RVA opens this week – Richmond BizSense.com

Marketed as “an indoor wonderland,” the venue consists of a mix of entertainment options, including an 18-lane duckpin bowling alley, an 18-hole mini golf course, three virtual golf bays, three bars, a food hall with six restaurant concepts, a beer garden-style area with 30 self-pour taps, a 200-person banquet hall and a 200-seat auditorium for live music, comedy acts and corporate functions.

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Southside Holiday Stroll and Artwalk this Saturday

Get a start on finding the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself.

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The Southside Holiday Stroll and Artwalk December 3rd, Saturday, 10-4. Stroll the sidewalk and check out Southside artists’ lawns this season. Additional free parking at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Shop 40+ local artists and vendors.

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Gilles Creek Goat Was Goatnapped

Currently there is a fundraiser to fund will help recover Mary, a goat stolen from the park recently, and install a security system to protect the remaining community goats.

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Details from the GoFundMe

Thank you for considering donating to our cause! This fund will help recover Mary, a goat stolen from the park recently, and install a security system to protect the remaining community goats. The details of Mary’s abduction are below:

Mary was seen tied up in the back of the suspect’s white/silver lifted Chevy truck on November 22, 2022, at approximately 8:30 pm by a bystander leaving the Gillies Creek Disc Golf Course. Two men, over 30, were in the pens kidnapping Anne, another one of the goats. The good samaritan spooked the suspects, and they abandoned their efforts to steal Anne, escaping with Mary in the bed of their truck. Two men were in the truck, ready to drive the suspects away, for a total of 4 men perpetrating this crime. We hope to recover her safely and unharmed.

Gillies Creek Park is a community park run by a non-profit. The goats are on this property for community engagement and enjoyment; it saddens us that a situation like this has happened.

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