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City Manager Ken Larking told the City Council tonight that negotiations are nearing completion on a development agreement with Caesars Virginia as the city’s casino gaming operator.
The development agreement is a legally binding document that outlines what Caesars Virginia is promising to deliver to the City of Danville should the casino gaming referendum pass on Nov. 3.
“From the beginning, the City has taken seriously its responsibility to make sure that, should the citizens vote in favor of casino gaming, it would be implemented in the best possible way,” Larking said. “This development agreement is the culmination of months of work to make sure that this project will be of the highest quality, producing several good-paying jobs, and bringing much-needed revenue to the City.”
Larking said the development agreement would be brought before the City Council for its consideration at its Sept. 1 meeting. The highlights of this development agreement include promises to do the following:
Based on estimates provided by Caesars and reviewed by Convergence Strategy Group, Larking said it is expected that, by year three of operation, this project will produce $22 million in state-collected gaming tax revenue remitted to the City of Danville, $12 million in supplemental payments to the City of Danville, and $4.2 million in meals, sales, hotel/motel, and property taxes.
The resort is to be located at the former Dan River Mills industrial complex in Schoolfield.
Larking also said an advisory committee has been formed to receive and distill feedback from the community on how to invest possible new revenues in ways that will have the greatest long-term impact on all parts of our community.
The members are:
Larking said the members were chosen based on their backgrounds in many areas, including education, early childhood development, housing, tourism (including sports tourism), economic development, public safety, historic preservation, at-risk populations, poverty, and financial stability.
The committee, he said, was not formed to advocate for or against the referendum.