People living in the vicinity of the assistance offered for the ONE Casino + Resort site object to potential projects.


RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Richmond residents are making their voices heard on the November ballot to vote “yes” or “no” to a proposal to bring ONE Casino + Resort to the city along Walmsley Boulevard, near the Bells Road exit off I-95.

Urban One, Inc. CEO Alfred Liggins told NBC12 that this casino will be a game-changer for the city by bringing 4,500 total jobs and $ 50 million in tax revenue to the city, which he says will be a game changer for the city. could be used for schools. , roads and city services.

The plan has garnered the support of many, including Governor Ralph Northam.

“It’s just a way of leveraging these resources and investing them in much needed efforts here in the Commonwealth,” he said Thursday.

Residents who live near the proposed site also echo their support for the proposal, including Norman Jones.

“I think it’s going to bring a lot of income and a lot of work to the area,” Jones said. “I live nearby and there may be a job available for me. “

Several neighbors, who did not want to speak on camera, also expressed support for the plans.

While there are many who want the casino to come to Richmond, there are others who do not want to bet on it.

“I wish we could come up with a better idea to help Richmond than the game,” said Fredrick Botkin Jr., who lives near the proposed site.

Botkin believes the casino will increase crime in the area and become a catalyst for gambling addiction.

“You can polish shit as much as you want, and it will always be shit,” he said. “They may look pretty good, but I know better. “

Daphne Portis also said that she was not thrilled with the idea of ​​the casino in this part of town.

“When you put a casino here, the money that goes into that casino will come from those who are less able to contribute,” she said. “I think it really should be in a different part of Richmond.”

On Friday, Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder of the National Action Network, will be in Richmond to speak about his support for ONE Casino + Resort.

Richmond is the last of five Virginia cities to vote for a casino. Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth all passed the casino referendums last November with wide margins.

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