An inside look at the proposed Bristol Resort and Casino

An inside look at the proposed Bristol Resort and Casino


DEVELOPERS OF A PROPOSED CASINO AND RESORT IN BRISTOL, VIRGINIA CONTINUE TO INCREASE EFFORTS TO GAIN SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT. THIS FOLLOWS CONTINUED BACKLASH FROM SOME COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO QUESTION THE NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS THE PROJECT MAY BRING. JACKIE DEFUSCO CONTINUES TO MONITOR DEVELOPMENTS SURROUNDING PLANS FOR THE ABANDONED BRISTOL MALL. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN SEPTEMBER — DEVELOPERS ARE GIVING US A LOOK INSIDE AT THEIR VISION. YEAH JOSH, SARA DEVELOPERS HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND IN OTHER FORUMS TRYING TO COUNTER SOME OF THE NEGATIVE MESSAGES GOING AROUND ABOUT THIS PROJECT. I TOOK A WALK THROUGH THE BRISTOL MALL TODAY AND GOT A CLOSER LOOK AT THESE CONTROVERSIAL PLANS THE EFFORT TO WIN OVER HEARTS AND MINDS OF A DIVIDED COMMUNITY CONTINUES. …FOR DEVELOPERS OF THE PROPOSED BRISTOL RESORT AND CASINO. “THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO BE INFORMED AS TO WHAT WE’RE DOING AND WE’RE DOING OUR BEST TO GET THAT MESSAGE OUT THROUGH MULTIPLE MEDIA SOURCES.” TELEVISION ADS. AN OPEN LETTER… AND A RECENTLY RELEASED A FLOOR PLAN ENVISIONING HOW THIS ABANDONED MALL. MIGHT BECOME A HUB OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. “DEVELOPERS TELL ME THIS SPACE, FORMERLY A JCPENNY STORE, IS WHERE THIS CASINO WILL BE AND THEY SAY IT WILL ONLY MAKE ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF THIS MASSIVE VACANT MALL SPACE.” THE REST–A NEW HOTEL AND CONVENTION CENTER “WE’RE HOPING THIS BECOMES A BUSINESS DESTINATION FOR PEOPLE.” AN AMUSEMENT CENTER. “WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND BRING SOME UNIQUE AMENITIES AND AMUSEMENTS TO THE COMMUNITY THAT DON’T EXIST IN OUR REGION.” DEVELOPERS–ALREADY MAKING APPEALS ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO MIGHT WANT TO SET UP SHOP IN THE 50 OPEN STORE FRONTS. “THE HOPE WOULD BE THAT WE COULD BRING IN BUSINESSES THAT ARE UNIQUE TO THE AREA. NOT THE STORES THAT YOU’D FIND AT A TYPICAL MALL.” BUT EVEN WITH ALL THAT–THEY BELIEVE THE INCLUSION OF A CASINO IS CRITICAL TO THEIR SUCCESS. “THAT REALLY WOULD BE THE DRAW TO THE AREA. THAT’S THE UNIQUE ASPECT OF THIS RESORT AND CASINO SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T EXIST ANYWHERE WITHIN THE REGION.” SOME RESIDENTS ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY’LL USE ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. NEWS CHANNEL 11 FOUND THAT THE TWO MAIN DEVELOPERS AND HISTORICALLY–REPUBLICANS IN VIRGINIA’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVE BEEN THE MAIN SOURCE OF OPPOSITION TO LEGALIZING CASINO STYLE GAMBLING A CHANGE THAT’S BEEN TRIED BY ONE DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR MANY TIMES IN RECENT YEARS. I ASKED THE MEN TODAY IF THEY’VE FOUND A SPONSOR FOR THIS BILL–THEY SAY THEY’LL BE DISCLOSING THAT INFORMATION SOON.

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