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Baseball proposal in action tonight
The proposal to build a multipurpose stadium in the Celebrate Virginia South development is scheduled to be taken up by the full City Council in a few hours.
At 5:30 p.m., council will be discussing the negotiated deal during a work session that is open to the public. That meeting takes place in Room 214 of City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St.
Toward the end of council’s 7:30 p.m. meeting, a vote is expected on whether to move forward with the deal in its revised form. As I reported today, based on interviews with council members, it looks like the proposal that would bring minor league baseball’s Hagerstown Suns to Fredericksburg has sufficient support to get approval.
However, even if the concept of the revised proposal is approved, it won’t be final until several steps are taken over the next 45 to 60 days. Those steps are expected to include more than one public hearing.
In a related issue today, as colleague Chelyen Davis is reporting, a judge in Spotsylvania Circuit Court this morning gave former Gov. Doug Wilder until Sept. 25 to address the outstanding taxes on the property where the U.S. National Slavery Museum was to have been built. This morning, someone offered to buy the land for $1.5 million, presumably someone involved in the stadium deal and possibly local investor Ron Rosner.
The Hagerstown Suns and Diamond Nation want to build the stadium on the 38-acre site where the museum was to have been built. Efforts have been underway to negotiate a sale with Wilder.
On Monday, Rosner, founder of Rosner Auto Group, announced that he is investing in the stadium deal and is purchasing naming rights for the stadium.