Asked: What do you want to see out of the Diamond District?

The city wants to redevelop the 66 acres near The Diamond. | Photo by RICtoday

The city is in the middle of a quest for the future of the Diamond District, a new name for the area off Hermitage Rd. and Arthur Ashe Blvd. that surrounds The Diamond. 

We’re asking readers: What do you want to see out of the project? 

First, some context. The redevelopment is part of the Richmond 300 master plan, which was adopted by City Council last December. By the end of 2021, the city plans on issuing a Request for Interest to get proposals from trusted development firms. 

The city is taking the lead to rework the 66 acres of land, although VCU does own 6 acres within the site — that’s Sports Backers Stadium

The redevelopment will likely be anchored by a new baseball stadium to replace The Diamond. The stadium no longer complies with standards required by Major League Baseball, according to Flying Squirrels owner Lou DiBella. 

Richmond 300 is all about making River City more connected, green, and equitable. On the city’s economic development page dedicated to the project, the vision includes retail and mixed-income housing, a new street grid, and accessibility via bike, transit, and car. 

Here’s what we want to know. What are your dreams for the Diamond District? Maybe you’ve got a particular restaurant or business you’d like to set up shop. Or you’ve been daydreaming about a multi-use stadium perfect for baseball — and perhaps some other events (cough cough concerts). Could be you just want some greenspace for a daily walk.

We aren’t the pros — we just want to hear your ideas for the area

To learn more about the Diamond District, visit the website. You can also sign up to receive email updates on the redevelopment. In the meantime, let us in on your vision.