For the latest installment of our newest event series, Richmond BizSense is headed to the epicenter of arguably the largest, most valuable untapped pocket of real estate in the city.
On the evening of May 8, we’ll host The Future Of: The Boulevard, presented by Hourigan, a happy hour panel discussion that will explore the long-debated prospect of redeveloping the city-owned 60 acres around The Diamond.
The event will be held, fittingly, at The Diamond, the linchpin of the site’s potential. The debate over whether the baseball stadium should stay or be built anew elsewhere has been waged since before the arrival of the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
We’re assembling an all-star panel of speakers to lead a lively discussion about how best to use the land, which the city has assessed at around $35 million as is.
Confirmed panelists thus far include:
His team has patiently waited for the stars to align for a new stadium and Boulevard redevelopment.
Ed McLaughlin, Director of Athletics at VCU
The school likely would own any new baseball stadium built in the neighborhood and recently began to publicly hint at its interest in a site across from the Diamond.
Kim Gray, City Councilmember
Gray’s 2nd District includes the land around the Diamond as well as neighboring Scott’s Addition.
Spy Rock Real Estate is the developer behind the largest current construction project along the Boulevard corridor, at 947-949 Myers St.
More participants will be announced soon.
Topics/themes to be explored will include:
What’s the best use for the 60 acres?
What does the city envision for the site?
What becomes of the neighboring VCU-owned Sports Backers Stadium and the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center?
Will the site benefit from spillover from the successful evolution of neighboring Scott’s Addition?
How does the recently approved renaming of the corridor to Arthur Ashe Boulevard play into its future?
Tickets for the event are on sale now by clicking this link.
Guests can expect great food, drink and lively networking, before sitting down in the stands for a moderated panel discussion.
Tickets will sell quickly and seating is limited.