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City planning commission to weigh amphitheater plan

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-05 19:11:57-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — The plan to build a new music amphitheater in downtown Richmond will be considered by the city’s planning commission.

In a Thursday afternoon meeting, The Urban Development Committee sent the proposal, which is backed by Venture Richmond, forward without approving it.

Leaders with Venture Richmond said the amphitheater would make events like the Folk Festival easier to contain — and they insist efforts must be made to preserve the historical features of the canal.

However, neighbors who live in Oregon Hill said Venture Richmond has not settled their concerns over how noise and parking for the amphitheater will be handled. And some archaeologists argue that the design for canal preservation isn’t historically accurate.

The city’s planning commission meets about the project on Sept. 16. At that time, they will continue to discuss the plan before sending it to city council for approval.