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City calling on residents to weigh in on potential resort casino

Posted at 1:16 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 13:18:52-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The City of Richmond is calling on residents to complete a survey to share feedback on a potential resort casino.

The survey, open now through December 14, asks residents what they believe the city should consider in a proposal for a potential casino.

Residents are asked to rank potential benefits of having a casino, and how a casino should be used to improve things like infrastructure, green space and public housing.

The city says the results of the survey will begin the competitive process to select a resort casino operator and site.

That process will include community feedback, according to the city.

“A competitive selection process will allow us to assess the best opportunity for Richmond,” said Mayor Stoney. “This survey is your opportunity to make sure the development proposals reflect your priorities, such as living-wage jobs, sustainable building practices and investment in the community.”

A citywide voter referendum will determine if Richmond moves forward with the project. Voters would have their say in a referendum that is anticipated to be on the ballot in November of 2021.

Legislation adopted by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year authorizes Richmond to host a casino gaming, subject to residents approving a casino referendum.

“Our primary objective is to identity a successful proposal that has outstanding economic opportunities and community benefits for Richmonders”, said Director of Economic Development Leonard Sledge. “We anticipate receiving multiple submissions, and we want to put a process in place to identify an operator and site that results in a true win for Richmond.”

Eariler this year, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced their plans to build a $350 million casino and hotel in Manchester. In August, the tribe purchased 12.4 acres at 1120 Gordon Avenue in Manchester for $4 million.

For more information about the survey and casino development in Richmond, click here.