Committee suggests two potential sites
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/28/2012 -- The city of Richmond, Va., should build a summer training camp for the Washington Redskins, a panel recently recommended. Two possible sites were suggested for the facility.
Development cost has been put at $9 million to $10 million. The city’s mayor, Dwight C. Jones, talked about the recommendations after a private meeting of the committee in late August.
The Redskins have pledged to come for eight years if Richmond builds the training camp, according to sources cited by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The two sites in play are a state-owned property behind the Science Museum of Virginia on West Leigh Street and City Stadium near Byrd Park.
The 17-acre museum property was mentioned in a deal announced in June by Jones. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell intended to retain the Redskins headquarters in Loudoun County. The for marketing potential with the museum.
The 16.5-acre City Stadium site houses the professional soccer team Richmond Kickers. The city is studying development possibilities for the site. Over a year ago, the neighborhood around the stadium objected strongly to a mixed-use development plan.
Jones has told the Redskins that the city would support the training camp with $1.5 million in privately-raised money.
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