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The citizens of Richmond will have the final say in whether to bring a resort casino to Richmond via a voter referendum expected to appear on the November 2021 ballot.

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In January of this year, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced plans to build a casino resort on 36 acres of land near Ingram and Commerce Avenue. The tribe is in the process of securing all the land necessary. If everything goes according to plan the resort will be the home to a 275-room hotel, 1,000 space parking lot, restaurants and of course gambling. The estimated cost of the project is $350 million.

In April 2020, the Virginia General Assembly authorized 5 cities to allow full-service casinos to operate in their jurisdictions. The General Assembly Law requires that the proposed casino operator/site be approved by a voter referendum. In November 2020 Danville, Norfolk, Bristol, and Portsmouth voters approved casino operators/sites to establish in their cities. The City of Richmond is issuing an RFQ/P to select an operator and site. Following the City’s selection of a preferred operator and site, the citizens of Richmond will have the final say in whether to bring a resort casino to Richmond via a voter referendum expected to appear on the November 2021 ballot. For more information, visit www.rva.gov/economic-development/resort-casino.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.