Posted on: February 16, 2021, 09:58h.
Final up to date on: February 16, 2021, 12:38h.
The mum or dad firm to Rosie’s Gaming Emporium historic horse racing (HHR) parlors is pitching Dumfries, Va., a deal it seemingly can not refuse. The brand new deal features a $389 million growth venture.
This week, Colonial Downs, which owns the Colonial Downs Racetrack, in addition to 4 off-track HHR gaming parlors all through the state, offered the small city with a resort and on line casino proposal. The focused location is a 79-acre website that’s presently a landfill.
The landfill has been an eyesore for this neighborhood,” stated Dumfries Mayor Derrick Wooden.
“This is a chance to go to the neighborhood and say, not solely is a developer going to do away with the landfill, however we’re going to deliver you one thing you need to use, and your loved ones can use,” Wooden continued.
Colonial Downs desires to assemble a 200-room resort with eight eating places and a 50,000-square-foot on line casino. The gaming flooring would characteristic as many as 1,800 HHR machines.
The overwhelming majority of the event could be public inexperienced area. Particulars usually are not but finalized, however early schemes embody quite a few athletic fields, an out of doors amphitheater, and operating and strolling trails.
The landfill is a privately owned building and particles dump. Its working allow expires in 2032. Colonial didn’t reveal whether or not the landfill homeowners have agreed to promote the property.
2020 On line casino Invoice Amended HHR Legal guidelines
Virginia lawmakers and Gov. Ralph Northam (D) overhauled the state’s restricted gaming trade final yr by passing commercial casino legislation. The invoice allowed voters in 5 economically distressed cities to find out whether or not they need to authorize a on line casino resort to assist spur progress. 4 did so final November via local ballot referendums.
As a concession to Colonial Downs, the on line casino invoice allowed its Rosie’s Gaming Emporium places to enormously improve the variety of horse racing terminals every venue can supply. Rosie’s parlor in Dumfries was initially permitted 150 HHR terminals. The on line casino invoice elevated that quantity to 1,800 — 12 instances the unique allotment.
The rise within the variety of gaming positions is the explanation for Colonial Downs wanting to extend its footprint in Dumfries. Although residence to solely 5,300 residents, Dumfries is within the larger Washington metropolitan space and is lower than 30 miles south of the nation’s capital.
Its current Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Dumfries is situated in a dated buying plaza. Different tenants embody a laundry mat, Greenback Basic, Papa John’s Pizza, and hookah lounge.
The landfill website is just 5,000 toes north of the place Rosie’s is at this time in Dumfries. The dump is situated simply off I-95 at exit 152.
‘The Rose’ Undertaking
Colonial Downs is not going to deliver its Rosie’s Gaming Emporium model to the brand new on line casino, ought to county and city officers log out on the venture. As an alternative, the big on line casino resort could be referred to as The Rose.
Colonial Downs tasks that the on line casino would create 640 new jobs with a median pay of $15 an hour. Practically 100 managers would make a median of $70,000 a yr.
Together with the Dumfries City Council and Prince William County, the Virginia Division of Transportation must approve the on line casino venture. The Dumfries mayor is optimistic it’ll achieve satisfactory help.
“It’s like once you dream of getting elected and you’ve got a imaginative and prescient of one thing. That is a part of what I by no means might have imagined for this city,” Wooden said.