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BizSense Beat: March 29, 2024

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BizSense Beat is a weekly collaboration between VPM News and Richmond BizSense that brings you the top business stories during NPR's Morning Edition on Fridays.

Here’s a recap of the top stories for the week of March 29, 2024:

Legend Brewing puts Manchester property up for sale
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Mike Platania

Legend Brewing Co. has put its Manchester real estate up for sale, leaving the future of Richmond’s oldest brewery up in the air.

Its headquarters, brewing hub, pub and 1.3-acre parcel at 321 W. Seventh St. hit the market in recent days. The property is being marketed as a potential mixed-use redevelopment opportunity. Berkadia’s Drew White, Carter Wood and Cole Carns have the listing, which doesn’t include an asking price.

The brewery remains open for business. Dave Gott, Legend’s vice president of operations, said the company absolutely plans “on trying to keep the (Legend) brand out there,” but that it is unsure what the future holds.

City gets first look at new Diamond District ballpark design
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Jonathan Spiers

The new design team that’s now driving the Diamond District ballpark has provided the City of Richmond with a first look of the stadium that would replace The Diamond.

Schematic designs for the new stadium that would anchor the larger Diamond District mixed-use development were recently submitted to City Hall and obtained by Richmond BizSense through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The designs, which are preliminary and subject to change, provide a picture – several, in fact – of what the new ballpark would look like and how it would fit into and interact with the larger development.

Kickers kicking off next big upgrade at City Stadium
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Mike Platania

With a new season underway and a brand-new women’s club set to debut, the Richmond Kickers are looking to spruce up their stadium.

The local pro soccer team is planning to replace the 30-year-old scoreboard at City Stadium with a new, larger video board. It’s a next step in the long-term lease the club signed with the city in 2016 to upgrade and renovate the city-owned stadium at 3301 Maplewood Ave., which has been the team’s home since 1995.

The first round of improvements as part of that deal were unveiled in 2020, just days before the pandemic arrived and upended the Kickers’ season.

While the existing scoreboard doesn’t have a screen and can only show the score, Rob Ukrop, who leads the Kickers’ ownership group, said the new board will be capable of showing replays, live stats and more.

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