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Group wants stage moved for Richmond festival

Monday - 8/26/2013, 4:20am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A development group says the Richmond Folk Festival's future rests on using riverfront property for a new main stage.

Venture Richmond is proposing to develop nearly 5 acres it jointly owns with the city. The group's plan would restore a portion of the James River and Kanawha Canal to its original dimensions.

The group says the project is critical to safely accommodating festival crowds.

Opponents tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( that construction would damage the historic canal.

And a city zoning administrator says a portion of the property isn't properly zoned for an amphitheater.

The plan would move the festival's main stage next year from its riverfront location on Brown's Island.

Venture Richmond executive director Jack Berry hopes to start construction next spring.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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