2 big development deals happening in Richmond in 2023
The new year is already shaping up to be a big one for Richmond. Two big deals that could reshape the city are likely to be decided early this year.
Why it matters: Richmonders in 2023 could finally know the future of the Coliseum site and whether a proposed South Richmond casino will again appear on locals' ballots.
🏗 Coliseum redevelopment
Five proposals came late last month to redevelop City Center Innovation District, a 9.4-acre area downtown that includes the long-shuttered Richmond Coliseum, Blues Armory and 6th Street Marketplace (RIP).
The city's requirements for proposals include:
- Demolition of the Coliseum (which has been closed since 2019).
- Building a minimum 500-room hotel to support the convention center.
- And public green space that could host concerts, festivals and a seasonal ice skating rink.
The responding development teams include:
- Capstone Development, a Maryland-based real estate development company that's part of the Diamond District redevelopment team.
- Sterling Bilder, a Richmond-based developer that submitted a rejected bid for an alternative to the city's failed $1.5 billion Navy Hill redevelopment proposal.
- City Center Gateway Partners, a consortium of groups that includes Richmond-based Shamin Hotels, per Richmond BizSense.
- Lincoln Property Company, a Dallas-based real estate developer.
- Richmond Community Development Partners, a runner-up for the Diamond District deal.
What's next: An evaluation panel of city officials will review the phase one proposals and invite a few teams to submit more detailed plans this winter.
🎰 Casino, take … 125
Richmond or Petersburg — or Richmond and Petersburg? The fight for which city — or the possibility that both cities — will get the green light to proceed with plans for a casino heads to the General Assembly this session. Again.
Will Richmond get a second bite at the casino apple after voters narrowly rejected one in 2021 and the General Assembly barred the city from trying again last year?
- And if so, will Richmond voters like the same proposal any better this time around?
Petersburg voters seem likely to approve a casino if state lawmakers allow it, but even having the option may be contingent on Richmond being denied a do-over.
- The CEO of The Cordish Companies, the casino operator selected by Petersburg officials, said last month that the company won't compete with Richmond for casino-goers.
What's next: The General Assembly convenes on Jan. 11 and is set to wrap up Feb. 24, so it's in lawmakers' hands until then.
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