Norfolk and Indian nation come to agreement on land sale for $700 million Hotel and Casino

Norfolk and Indian nation come to agreement on land sale for $700 million Hotel and Casino


THE CRIMELINE. (ANITA) NEW TONIGHT: LEADERS IN NORFOLK HAVE STRUCK A DEAL WITH THE PAMUNKY INDIAN NATION. (TOM) THE PROPOSED 700-MILLION DOLLAR WATERFRONT RESORT AND CASINO WOULD GO NEXT TO HARBOR PARK. THE CITY MANAGER CALLS IT THE LARGEST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN CITY HISTORY. (ANITA) THE LAND IS CURRENTLY OWNED BY THE TAXPAYERS, BUT ONE DAY COULD BE A SOVERN NATION. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S BRETT HALL BREAKS DOWN OF THE DEAL AND WHY SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THINGS ARE MOVING TOO FAST. (BRETT) THE CITY MANAGER HAS SCHEDULED A PUBLIC HEARING AND VOTE ON THE PROPOSAL IN TWO WEEKS. A PROPOSAL THAT SIMPLY PUT—ISN’T SIMPLE ROBERT GRAY, PAMUNKY INDIAN CHIEF “PAMUNKY INDIAN TRIBES EXCITEMENT TO PARTNER WITH THE CITY OF NORFOLK.” IT’S A PARTNERSHIP THAT PROMISES BIG REWARDS— DOUG SMITH, NORFOLK CITY MANAGER “YOU ARE RARELY GOING TO SEE A PROJECT IN THE REGION THAT HAS THIS SCALE OF DEVELOPMENT AND THIS SCALE OF REVENUE GENERATION ON AN ANNUAL BASIS ” BUT TO CALL THE PROCESS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY GET THE PAMKUNKY INDIAN NATION’S HOTEL AND CASINO BUILT—A GAME OF CHANCE AS THIS POINT. WELL CITY MANAGER DOUG SMITH MAY AGREE WITH YOU. DOUG SMITH, NORFOLK CITY MANAGER “IT PUTS US IN A VERY UNIQUE POSITION.” CONSTRUCTION ON A COMMERICAL CASINO COULD BEGIN BY NOVEMBER 20-21 IF THE STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY—AND NORFOLK VOTERS AGREE TO LEGALIZE FULL CASINO GAMING. HOWEVER AS AN INDIAN NATION THE PAMUNKY’S ALSO HAVE THE OPTION TO TRY TO GET FEDERAL APPROVAL TO OPPERATE. DOUG SMITH, NORFOLK CITY MANAGER “IN BOTH OF SCENERIO’S THE TRIBE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT IT.” THE DEAL ON THE TABLE HAS THE CITY OF NORFOLK SELLING THE LAND NEXT TO HARBOR PARK AT REAL MARKET VALUE—FOR 9-POINT-9 MILLION DOLLARS. IT’S A LOT TO TAKE IN—AND SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE CONCERNED ITS MOVING TOO FAST. BRETT “DO YOU BELIEVE THAT IS A VALAD CONCERN.” MAYOR KENNY ALEXANDER, NORFOLK “I THINK THAT COMMUNICATION IS IMPORTANT AND COUNCIL HAS BEEN AWARE FROM THIS OVER A YEAR.” BUT MAYOR KENNY ALEXANDER SAYS HE DOES BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE ALL QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ANSWERED BEFORE A VOTE. MAYOR KENNY ALEXANDER, NORFOLK “WE UNDERSTAND THE REVENUE IMPACT BUT WHAT IS THE SOCIAL IMPACT TO A HIS TEAM TO COME BACK WITH ANSWERS TOO..” (BRETT) THAT COULD BE COMPLICATED SLIGHTLY AS TONIGHT WAS CITY MANAGER DOUG SMITHS LAST MEETING BEFORE HE LEAVES FOR A NEW JOB. NONETHELESS THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 24TH. BRETT HALL 10 ON YOURSIDE.

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