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Fredericksburg hears stadium pitch next month

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The Fredericksburg City Council will begin its July 9 meeting early to accommodate five public hearings including one on a proposed stadium for minor league baseball.

The council considered moving the meeting to James Monroe High School because of concern over a large turnout. However, Kerry Devine disliked the idea since the meeting couldn’t be aired live on cable TV from that location.

If the crowd gets too large at council chambers, people can watch from a City Hall meeting room where the public hearing would be aired live. People interested in speaking could sign up and then go into chambers when it was their turn to speak.

The council will handle regular business beginning at 5:30 p.m. and begin the series of five public hearings at 7 p.m.

The last public hearing will be to receive comment on a proposal to build a multipurpose stadium in Celebrate Virginia South.

The Hagerstown Suns, a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, have expressed interest in relocating from Maryland to Fredericksburg.

The city is evaluating whether to build the stadium, and, if so, how to finance it. Under the proposal as currently outlined, the stadium would be publicly owned and built by the city issuing as much as $30 million in bonds for construction.

The council expects the largest crowds for that issue and a proposal by local real estate investors Tommy Mitchell and Mike Adams to build a five-story riverfront condominium building at the corner of Hanover and Sophia streets.

Known as One Hanover, the project needs special-use permits to develop a mixed-use building within the 100-year floodplain and to increase the density of the project above 24 units per acre.

Mitchell and Adams also are requesting special exceptions for the building’s height, density and percentage of commercial space on the first floor.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972