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Boulevard developers talk to Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

The fight to keep baseball on The Boulevard is getting some support from Richmond's neighbors. The Rebkee Company developers and their partners presented their plan to build a new stadium next to the Diamond at the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

Chesterfield Chamber officials say they're not going to pick one plan in particular to support, whether it be for a new stadium on the Boulevard or one in the Bottom. Wednesday, they wanted to make sure to have a conversation on a topic that will affect them.

"This is an issue for Chesterfield too," Rebkee founder Rob Hargett told a room of about 200 people. "We think it's a proven location."

The Rebkee Company tried to make its case to fellow Chesterfield business owners.

"It's a fiscally responsible alternative," Hargett added.

That alternative calls for a new stadium on the Boulevard, along with apartments, retail, restaurants and parking. As Wednesday's group was an audience of mostly business-minded folks, of course there were questions about money and comparisons with the Mayor's "Revitalize RVA" proposal.

"If the Boulevard doesn't develop the way we think it will and the tax revenue isn't generated the way we think it will be, the people who lose that gap are us," Chesterfield Supervisor Dan Gecker, whose company is partnering with Rebkee on the proposal, explained. "In the Bottom transaction, the people who lose that gap are the taxpayers."

The city was also asked to present its plan on baseball and development, but NBC12 has learned officials declined that invitation.

Tammy Hawley, Mayor Dwight Jones' press secretary sent us a statement, which reads: "…we still haven't received the requested information from Rebkee, so it was decided that we need not be involved in a panel discussion in Chesterfield, seemingly to compare plans for which we have not received requested information."

Despite this presentation covering baseball on the Boulevard, the audience also believes Shockoe Bottom should not be left behind.

"For us the region is just one big unit," Chesterfield Chamber Chairman of the Board Doug Horton said. "What's good for our neighbors is good for us."

Rebkee developers will also meet with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce next month.

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