Pamunkey Tribe Proposes $350M Casino Project

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The Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia has announced its plans to develop a $350 million casino resort in the state’s capital and a separate one in Norfolk.

The Tribe purchased three properties in south Richmond for the development of the casino and a fourth parcel about 5 miles away to create a work-force training centre that could ultimately be converted into a grocery store or health clinic, representatives for the tribe announced.

The proposed resort would include a 275-room hotel tower featuring views of the James River and the downtown skyline containing a spa, fitness centre, pool, “high-end steak and seafood restaurant,” sports bar and 1000-space parking garage, according to a statement from the tribe.

The tribe plans to build a separate casino along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, according to an agreement signed for the purchase of 13.4 acres from the city.

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The Richmond project can move forward regardless because the Pamunkeys are the only tribe in Virginia with federal gaming rights under the Indian Regulatory Gaming Act. But the Norfolk project depends on the General Assembly passing and Gov. Ralph Northam signing legislation that would allow commercial gaming in Virginia.

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