Richmond has narrowed down its field of casino applicants, rejecting three out of the six proposals submitted to the city last month.
Per an official statement from the city:
“The top ranked proposals stood out because the operators provided strong proposals with detailed financial and operational analyses to support their vision for a resort casino in Richmond.”
The applications of Bally’s Richmond Casino Resort, Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond, and One Casino + Resort. Meanwhile, the proposals of Golden Nugget, Wind Creek Hospitality, and Pamunkey Indian Tribe & Reservation were disapproved.
A Single Casino Operator
According to the press release, the three Richmond casino proposals were rejected due to factors like “lack of site control, concerns about the feasibility of financial projections, lack of organizational experience, and deficiency in the proposal”.
The decision was revealed as the city continues to collect public feedback on the resort-casino proposals it requested for last year. Under a new law introduced by the state last year, Richmond is allowed to have a single casino operator if local voters approve it in a referendum that the city is planning to hold this coming November.
Now that the choices are down to three, the next step is for the Evaluation Panel to start negotiations with bidders while continuing to engage the community. The Panel is composed of seven administration officials plus city council members Andreas Adison and Ellen Robertson.
The city will be hosting three virtual meetings next week where the three advancing Richmond casino applicants will discuss their proposals and give citizens a chance to voice out their inquiries or ask questions. The meetings will be held virtually, via Microsoft Teams and these are open to the public. Those interested can join the meeting using a link, or by calling 804-316-9457 with phone conference ID 934 627 185.