Are Danville city leaders betting on a casino?

Are Danville city leaders betting on a casino?


3 3 CHANGING THE LAW AND BRINGING A CASINO TO DANVILLE COULD LEAD TO A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES.ESPECIALLY FOR A TOWN ON THE REBOUND – AFTER YEARS OF BAD LUCK. BUT CRITICS SAY IT’S NOT A SURE BET AND THEY’RE SKEPTICAL OF ALL OF THE PROMISES. 3 00-05 3 05-1013-1837-411:00-1:05 1:46-1:51 2:27-2:31 QUICK 2:33-2:38THE WHITE MILL BUILDING IS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE PAST. LARRY MERRICKS/LIVES IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY: “A LITTLE SAD WHEN I SEE IT. 3 THAT’S WHY I’D LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING HAPPEN TO IT.” TELLY TUCKER/ DANVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WERE FOLKS WHO ARE OF THE OPINION THAT WE SHOULD TEAR THE BUILDING DOWN. IT WILL NEVER BE REDEVELOPED. IT WAS BUILT IN 1920. IT’S 3 SEEN ITS BETTER DAYS. IT’S ALL CONCRETE. IT’S AN EYESORE.”BUT THE OLD TEXTILE FACTORY COULD BE THE ANSWER TO A LOT OF QUESTIONS IN DANVILLE. LYNNWOOD BALLER/LIVES IN DANVILLE: “I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA… THERE’S A LOT OF TALK AND 3 SPECULATION. KEN LARKING/ DANVILLE CITY MANAGER: “WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT IT’S GOING TO BE. IT WILL BE SOMETHING ONE DAY.”WILL THIS 3 SPRAWLING — 650- THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT LANDMARK BE HOME TO A CASINO? CITY LEADERS SAY NOT SO FAST. TELLY TUCKER/DANVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: “ALEXANDER COMPANY CAME INTO THE COMMUNITY AND PUT A PURCHASE CONTRACT ON THAT BUILDING LONG BEFORE THE CASINO CONVERSATION EVER CAME TO BE.”TELLY TUCKER SAYS THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY BOUGHT THE PROPERTY FOR THREE- MILLION DOLLARS AND HAD THESE CONCEPT DESIGNS CREATED. HOTELS, CONDOS, BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS UNDER ONE HUGE ROOF. KEN LARKING/DANVILLE CITY MANAGER: “THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION IS THAT PEOPLE THINK THAT CITY COUNCIL AND THE CITY AS A WHOLE IS PUSHING FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. AND THAT’S NOT THE CASE. WE’RE NOT PUSHING FOR A CASINO OR NOT PUSHING FOR A CASINO.”CITY MANAGER KEN LARKING 3 SAYS COUNCIL BELIEVES THE DECISION SHOULD BE LEFT UP TO THE VOTERS.LEADERS WANT THE CASINO QUESTION PUT ON A BALLOT. THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF LAWMAKERS IN RICHMOND DECIDE TO CHANGE THE LAW IN 2020 AND ALLOW CASINOS IN THE COMMONWEALTH. JAMES KILSBY/ VP, USA 3 GAMINGCOMPLIANCE: “I THINK IT WILL BE PRETTY HIGH ON THE AGENDA IN 2020 EARLY NEXT YEAR WHEN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETS AGAIN.”JAMES KILSBY WORKS WITH GAMING COMPLIANCE A GROUP THAT TRACKS AND ANALYZES GAMING LAWS AND POLICY. HE SAYS VIRGINIA IS LOSING OUT ON MILLIONS IN REVENUE WITH CASINOS IN NEIGHBORING WEST VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND. 3 JAMES KILSBY/VP, USA “SOONER OR LATER, EXPANSION TO FULL VIRGINIA IS INEVITABLE” … HAVE A PLAN. NOT JUST ASSUME THAT BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME.” KEN LARKING/ DANVILLE CITY MANAGER: “WE’RE GOING TO BE PREPARED SHOULD IT HAPPEN. BUT WE’RE NOT COUNTING ON IT BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION.”CITY LEADERS STAYING NEUTRAL ON THE CASINO CONVERSATION. 3 TELLY TUCKER/DANVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: “WE DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY TO KIND OF SIT BACK AND WAIT AND HOPE FOR ONE PROJECT TO BE OUR SAVIOR.”SOME IN TOWN WORRY A CASINO WOULD BRING CRIME AND GAMBLING ADDICTION. 3 CHRISTINE REILLY/NAT’L CENTER FOR RESPONSIBLE GAMING: “YOU MIGHT HAVE THE NOVELTY AFFECT WHERE SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER GAMBLED BEFORE GET CAUGHT UP IN IT AND DEVELOP A PROBLEM.”CHRISTINE REILLY OF THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESPONSIBLE GAMING – SAYS THE NEW THRILL CAN SIMPLY BE TOO MUCH FOR SOME PEOPLE. CHRISTINE REILLY/NAT’L CENTER FOR RESPONSIBLE GAMING: “TARGETING PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE A LOT OF MONEY TO BEGIN WITH CAN BE A PROBLEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE MORE TO GAIN BY WINNING AT GAMBLING.”áNATS OF FOUNTAINá ASHLEY INGRAM/LIVES IN NORTH CAROLINA: “I DON’T BELIEVE THE RIFFRAFF THAT PEOPLE THINK IS GOING TO COME TO DANVILLE IS GOING TO COME TO DANVILLE FOR THAT.”ASHLEY INGRAM AND HER FAMILY LIVE LINE. SHE BETSáááA LOT OF HER NEIGHBORS WHO WORK IN DANVILLE BUT LIVE IN NORTH CAROLINA WOULD SPEND A LOT OF THEIR MONEY AT A CASINO. ASHLEY INGRAM/LIVES IN NORTH CAROLINA: “IT’S GOOD PEOPLE THAT GO GAMBLING. IT’S NOT NECESSARILY HORRIBLE PEOPLE.” SYLVIA WILLIAMS/LIVES IN DANVILLE: “WE NEED ALL THE HELP, ALL THE LIFE, ALL THE EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN GET. THAT’S WHAT I WANT FOR DANVILLE.”A STUDY FOUND IF THE LAWS ARE CHANGED A CASINO IN DANVILLE COULD CREATE FIVE-THOUSAND NEW JOBS WITH A 900-MILLION DOLLAR ECONOMIC IMPACT BY 2028. CITY LEADERS INSIST THEY’RE NOT BETTING ON A CASINO AND THEIR ECONOMIC REBOUND WILL CONTINUE WITH OR WITHOUT THESE GAMES OF CHANCE. TELLY TUCKER/DANVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 3 DIRECTOR: “WE WILL BE PREPARED AND IT IS OUR JOB TO BE PREPARED IF IT DOES OR IF IT DOES NOT HAPPEN.” 3 A STATE STUDY ON GAMING IS DUE IN DECEMBER. LAWMAKERS IN RICHMOND WOULD THEN HAVE TO CHANGE THE LAW IN 20-20 – TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR A CASINO IN DANVILLE. 3 FROM THERE THE CASINO QUESTION COULD GO ON THE BALLOT IN DANVILLE. BILL – DO WE KNOW IF THE DEVELOPER IS GETTING ANY CALLS FROM COMPANIES WANTING TO BUILD CASINOS??THE ALEXANDER COMPANY DID TELL US – THERE IS INTEREST FROM AT LEAST – ONE CASINO DEVELOPER. THAT’S ALL THEY COULD SAY. WE COULD GET SOME ANSWERS IN THE SPRING WHEN THEY HAVE THE OPTION TO PURCHASE THE WHITE MILL PROPERTY FOR THREE- MILLION DOLLARS – AND THAT’S WHEN THEY’D LAY OUT OUT THEIR PLAN. 3 ALL NEW AT TEN THIRTY — RESTRAINTS AND SECLUSION IN SCHOOLS. WHAT EDUCATION SAYING

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