Two developers remain in the high-stakes race to build a multimillion-dollar casino resort in Richmond. In the coming weeks, a city evaluation panel is expected to choose a preferred project. Its recommendation then will go to City Council, which will vote in June on whether to hold a citywide referendum on the project in November.
A new state law allows Richmond and four other localities to permit one casino in their communities if approved by voters in a local referendum.
Voters in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth overwhelmingly passed plans for casinos this past November. Richmond requested development proposals in December. The city originally received six proposals; the evaluation panel struck four this spring.
RTD Opinions asked the two remaining developers — The Cordish Companies (Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond) and Urban One (ONE Casino + Resort) — for an update about their projects. We posed the same questions to each, and answers were edited to conform with The Times-Dispatch’s style.