Caesars Danville Casino Project Progresses
Caesars Danville Casino project continues to move forward
The Danville City Council approved a casino entertainment zoning district project which will be located within the city center. As a result of the approval, Caesars Entertainment can continue to progress with a planned casino development in Virginia. The operator is planning to spend $400 million to develop a gambling resort in the former location of the Dan River Mills complex. This has been in the pipeline for a while, but news of the approval is another hurdle that has now been overcome.
City Code Changed
To approve the entertainment district, members of the council had to change the Danville City Code. Chapter 41 now states the zoning district and what its permitted uses are. In addition, there are options for parking details, lighting, landscaping, lot size requirements, and special permits.
The casino entertainment district must consume a minimum of 75 acres of land. Additionally, the minimum lot area must be 25 acres. The building must be a maximum of 250 feet. Any buildings that are constructed at more than 200 feet high will need to be placed apart from on-building structures by 100 feet or more.
The City Council selected Caesars Entertainment last year to be the developer for the new casino resort. The venue, which has been described as a ‘Las Vegas style’ operation, will offer a new type of entertainment for the region. This will bring vital jobs in addition to new revenues to the city.
Future of the Project
During a City Council meeting last week, officials of Caesars said they were happy to be welcomed in Danville and were grateful to be chosen as the city’s operator. Senior Vice President for the company, Robert Livingston, stated that Caesars has already begun the conceptual design phase for the future resort. The target is for the permitting process to be completed by November, with construction starting in December.
Additionally, it is hoped that the resort will begin looking for staff during the last quarter of 2022. The construction phase should be finished by the second or third quarter of the following year. Currently, there is a tentative opening date penciled in for 2023, either the third or fourth quarter.
The new casino resort will offer 75 table games and 2,000 slots. Poker fans will be catered for with 16 tables. There will be a retail sportsbook on-site, and anyone who wants to stay over will discover a new hotel with 300 guest rooms. The state-of-the-art hotel will also contain a conference center and live entertainment venue.
Caesars wants to hire 900 employees during the construction phase with an additional 1,300 full-time employees once the casino opens. However, there are still requirements that must be met for the project to continue moving forward. For example, Caesars must adhere to the decibel limit for outside noise, which is 70 from 9 am until midnight.
In June, the Danville Planning Commission host a public hearing concerning the site. Then, an additional hearing will take place in July for the planned rezoning to be finalized.
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