The first ordinance allows the city to acquire the property, another to accept the release of the Richmond Metropolitan Authority easement rights for nearby parking lots and the third to authorize a lease agreement with the RMA so they can continue to operate the facility.
Amid continuing debate on the eventual site the baseball stadium will call home, the city has taken the initiative in making sure they have the property, whether the stadium is demolished and a new one built, or it's possibly moved to a new site.
Under the proposal, the city will buy back the property from the RMA at virtually no cost, and lease it to the RMA for $1 a year, according to Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Byron C. Marshall. It is not known what actual amount of money is meant by "virtually no cost."
According to Marshall, the city provided the property to the RMA in 1984 to allow them to construct the stadium. Marshall explained further, saying:
“The intent was that if at any point baseball was not played in that same facility, that the city would get that land back."
Though the acquisition of the property is not unexpected, it does leave people wondering what is going to happen next. Mayor Dwight C. Jones, apparently ignoring the public's opposition to moving the Diamond from its present site, is still expected to suggest a new stadium be built in Shockoe Bottom.
There will be a public hearing on the Diamond ordinances on October 28 during the City Council meeting.