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Richmond solicits casino plans ahead of 2021 referendum

Posted at 10:16 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 10:16:21-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Officials in Richmond are asking organizations that hope to operate a casino in the city to submit their development plans.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that city officials are hoping to figure out which project would best serve the city.

At least three organizations have so far expressed interest.

A local referendum on whether to permit casino gambling in Richmond will be held next year.

Supporters say it’s an opportunity to create jobs and new tax revenue. But some civic leaders and residents worry it could lead to gentrification, traffic congestion and crime.

City officials said they want proposals that can create economic and development opportunities while mitigating any potential adverse impacts.

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.

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

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.