RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond’s booming neighborhood could see a flashy new neighbor move next door, as long as the voters agree.
Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association (SABA) hosted The Cordish Company during a meeting that is virtual Wednesday early morning. The designers pitched certainly one of three proposals vying for Richmond’s possibility to somewhere plant a casino in the city.
Live Casino & Hotel Richmond was described as a world class entertainment resort including a 300-room, four diamond, upscale hotel and convention center.
“We think 100% that people would be the most suitable choice for Richmond,” said Cordish designer, Rob Norton. “We aren’t building an island. A project is being built by us that we hope will be a catalyst for creating energy into the Scott’s Addition area.”
SABA President Trevor Dickerson revealed the results of an informal survey that is online of residents, business people and community users. 77% opposed the project.
One associated with main concerns expressed throughout the meeting that is virtual on the potential traffic that would follow the massive project.
Dickerson said Scott’s Addition is already experiencing growing pains absent of a new casino that, if approved, would replace Bowtie Cinemas at Arthur Ashe Boulevard and West Leigh Street.
“It’s maybe not within our interest to generate those surroundings. Our clients wish the easy, seamless experience,” stated Norton.
Joe Weinberg, a Cordish partner, said there is road widening and other infrastructure improvements made in the event that casino had been approved.
“100% associated with infrastructure shall be coming from us. That was one of the conditions from the populous town included in the RFP [request for proposal],” Weinberg explained.
SABA have not taken a posture in the proposition.
The town will host two virtual conferences on Thursday and Friday to talk about the general public commentary about the proposals:
- Bally’s Corporation which hopes to construct at Chippenham Parkway and Powhite Parkway in Southern Richmond
- ONE Resort & Casino which hopes to construct at Walmsley Boulevard and Interstate 95 in South Richmond
- Cordish Companies which hopes to construct at 1301 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard in North Richmond
Tuesday, some Stratford Hills neighbors protested the proposed Bally’s Casino. The project that is 61-acre sit at Powhite and Chippenham Parkways.
“We don’t need to become these other metropolitan cities we are and where we are supposed to be,” argued resident Rebecca D’Angelo because we are exactly who. “A casino is not likely to alter that. My prayer is we vote no. I Realize that people whom vote yes are most likely considering jobs, but let us find ways that are new do that.”
Cordish developer Zed Smith stated he came across with leadership in Gilpin and Mosby Courts about future task possibilities. Each task would spend at the least $15 an hour or so, and they’ll concentrate on a few of the city’s underprivileged communities for recruitment.
“Our quantity strategy within those communities is hiring that is resource” Smith said. “We want to be able to bring the training the opportunities for employment to those communities, doing all of our job training and outreach in those communities to make sure they have an opportunity to get hired.”
Legislation adopted by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam earlier in the authorized the city to host a casino gaming establishment.
Richmond year residents should be able to vote on a referendum in whether to accept the city’s choice.
The november proposals from Wind Creek Hospitality, Golden Nugget and the Pamunkey Indian Tribe & Reservation did not advance due to concerns about site control, lack of organizational experience and projections that are financial based on town officials.(*)Richmond’s booming Scott’s choice neighbrohood is among the sites that are potential a casino in Richmond. (*)