On Tuesday, the city named three finalists in the Diamond District project and invited each of them to respond to Request for Offers. Here’s a look at each of the firms’ proposals + how they stack up with RIC reader suggestions.
Richmond Community Development Partners
This team highlighted connections — “streets, bike and walking paths, green space” — to integrate the project with surrounding neighborhoods. Odell, listed as the Stadium Architect for the group, has baseball development experience at BB&T BallPark in Charlotte, NC.
Reader Dan S. shared his thoughts with us at the beginning of the project: “Incorporating green spaces, utilizing native trees and plants located throughout, is an essential component …. Connectivity is important and safe sidewalks and bike lanes should be incorporated.”
RVA Diamond Partners
Authenticity + creativity are mentioned in the first sentence of this team’s proposal. They say they look forward to making the district “a national model for urban regeneration” that is inclusive and equitable. Stadium Design will be led by DLR Group, which helped build a home for the Double-A Wichita Wind Surge.
Reader Bob B. had similar thoughts on making the development compelling to visitors. “It needs to have a look that gives travelers a reason to stop for a visit.”
Leading the team: Freehold Capital Management
This team leads with legacy. The group emphasizes a new concert venue, YMCA, and neighborhood in addition to a stadium. Greenstone would be the Stadium Developer — they worked on Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN.
That could line up with what Reader Miles M. had in mind. “I love the idea about live music,” he wrote. “Also, film festivals … Minor league ball is good for 71 nights a year, plus playoffs, leaving almost 300 other nights for a cultural smorgasbord.”
The RFOs will officially be issued the week of May 30, and responses will be due Tues., June 28. Before that, in early June, there will be a public meeting to update Richmonders. You can also fill out this form with comments or questions about the project.
The city wants to announce the preferred team in July. In the meantime, keep sharing your Diamond District dreams with us. 🏟