Favorite

Gov. McAuliffe “Very Supportive” of Shockoe Ballpark 

click to enlarge Gov. McAuliffe is up for a ballpark.

Scott Elmquist

Gov. McAuliffe is up for a ballpark.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's staying out of the Shockoe Bottom ballpark debate that's flummoxed Richmond for the better part of a year. But he also says he likes the idea.

"I would be very supportive," McAuliffe told Style after an economic development announcement in Scott's Addition last week. "I mean, I look at Shockoe Bottom out of my window. … I would love to see economic activity there. But they've got to make the decision about what makes sense here."

Earlier this year there were rumors that McAuliffe was pushing for the ballpark behind the scenes. One City Council member called his unscheduled appearance at a February council meeting with Mayor Dwight Jones a thinly veiled show of political force.

McAuliffe flatly denies making any such appeals on behalf of Jones, the chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Mayor Jones' ballpark proposal stalled in May after a majority of City Council members said they wouldn't support it. Jones withdrew the plan before it could be voted down, promising to bring it back later.

The mayor's chief of staff, Grant Neely, says the administration still plans to reintroduce the proposal.

Favorite

Latest in News and Features

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Ned Oliver

Connect with Style Weekly

Most Popular Stories

  • Starting Conversations

    Starting Conversations

    The Conciliation Lab finds a natural fit between theater and activism.
    • Feb 23, 2021
  • Designers, In Living Color

    Designers, In Living Color

    Richmond’s Black designers impart creativity, culture, cool – and lift – as they climb.
    • Feb 16, 2021
  • Diversity through Unity

    Diversity through Unity

    Two biggest local LGBTQ+ nonprofits join forces to further their impact.
    • Feb 23, 2021
  • The Big Smooch

    The Big Smooch

    That issue around Valentine’s Day when we spread some love to people, places and things that deserve shoutouts.
    • Feb 9, 2021
  • More »

Copyright © 2021 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation