The $400 million Rose Gaming Resort in Virginia has began construction in Prince William County, southwest of the Nation’s Capital.
Owned by the Colonial Downs Group, the proposed casino resort broke ground earlier this month with company officials, elected officials, and guests gathering to what was the former Potomac Landfill in Dumfries.
Constructed at the Former Potomac Landfill
The project is being built at the former Potomac Landfill which has operated for the past 37 years. The landfill located at I-95 officially closed last Friday with the final truckload accepted last January 28th. It had caused the area to function as a construction waste dump site with the heap growing to a hill over the years to 230 feet high.
According to the Rose Gaming Resort blueprint, the casino complex will be situated at the base of the former landfill. The remaining land, which measures around 79 acres, will be transformed into a recreational park. The project will be North Virginia’s first and only large casino in the foreseeable future.
Rose Gaming Resort to Open in Two Phases
The Rose Gaming Resort will not just include a 50,000 square foot casino. It will also have eight restaurants and bars, a theater, a high-end 305-room hotel, and an 80-acre park. It is expected to open in two phases with first target to be completed in 2023. According to Peninsula Pacific Gaming Chief Operating Officer Aaron Gomes, Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2026. Peninsula Pacific Gaming will run the casino.
With Dumfries only having a population of 5,700, the casino is expected to triple the budget of the town with the tax revenue that it will bring. According to Mayor Derrick Wood, the impact of the casino will go beyond Dumfries as it will allow people from Prince William to work close to home.