The Richmond City Council has called an audible on the mayor’s deal to bring the Redskins’ training camp to Richmond.
A resolution authored by council member Chris Hilbert that asks the Bon Secours health system to pay an extra $1 million over 10 years was approved unanimously Monday night. That would bring the health system’s total commitment to the deal to about $7.4 million.
Hilbert’s resolution funnels a $100,000 annual payment from Bon Secours to city schools for capital improvements. The deal also moves to schools the more than $500,000 in anticipated annual tax revenue generated by the deal. Adjusting for inflation, that would mean about $4.5 million for the school system over 10 years.
Hilbert said at the meeting that he withheld his support from the mayor’s deal because he felt it violated in spirit a 2008 ordinance that dictated that money generated by the sale of city school properties would go back to the schools. The deal with Bon Secours involves leasing a city school property.
The mayor’s deal gave Bon Secours the use of the Westhampton School property at Patterson and Libbie avenues in exchange for a $6.4 commitment for a Redskins training facility and an expansion of its East End Richmond Community Hospital property.
Bon Secours plans a 75,000-square-foot medical-use building at the Westhampton property.
Hilbert’s resolution also makes clear that Bon Secours would have to go through the city’s special-use permit process before it starts construction. That would ensure the city could enforce its expressed desire that Bon Secours preserve the 95-year-old school building.
“We’ve made it very clear up front that any special-use permit will have to be approved by this body,” Hilbert said. “There are no guarantees and no pre-approvals.”
The council also passed five ordinances that give the Westhampton School to Richmond’s Economic Development Authority for development and approve the financing of the deal.