Last night in the first of what is to be a long series of meetings David Hicks, senior policy adviser to the Mayor, and Councilman Hilbert focused on the economic development of the Diamond site. It was stated that the Northside was a “retail desert” which the Mayor’s plan would fix as expected there was some disagreement on that point. Full details at RTD.
Hicks said Wednesday that the community will have to decide what it wants to see there.
“Do you want to see a Walmart? Probably not,” Hicks said. “Would you maybe like to see a Trader Joe’s? Would you maybe like to see an Ikea?”
Hicks was countered at the meeting by Phil Wilayto, who has spearheaded some of the opposition to the Shockoe stadium plan.
“The plan itself, we believe, is a house of cards,” Wilayto said, adding that the proposal doesn’t do enough to memorialize the Bottom’s slave-trading history and that the financial numbers to not pass muster.
Casting aside the moving the stadium debate, do you feel that north RVA is a “retail desert”? Does that need to be fixed? What would you like to see in terms of retail establishments?