Work begins on new Virginia casino site

Rivers Casino Portsmouth still awaits a licence from the Virginia Lottery.
Rivers Casino Portsmouth still awaits a licence from the Virginia Lottery.

Work has begun on the site for the proposed Rivers Casino Portsmouth in Virginia to prepare for groundbreaking once approval is received from the Virginia Lottery.

US.- Although it still needs a licence from the Virginia Lottery, work has begun to prepare the site for the Rivers Casino Portsmouth in Virginia.

Contractors for the project have started clearing the plot of land where the venue will be developed in order to be ready to start building as soon as possible – possibly in October.

They said: “Developer Rush Street Gaming allowed us to get started on some preliminary site work. Once the Virginia Lottery board approves the license we’re already sort of at a running pace.

“Last week we started to put up erosion and sediment control, perimeter fencing for security, the trailers showing up for our trailer compound. Over 50 acres we’re clearing, that’s a lot of site work.”

The $300m Rivers Casino Portsmouth is expected to create 1,300 permanent jobs and 1,400 construction jobs. It was approved by Portsmouth voters on the 2020 ballot. Casinos were also approved for Danville, Norfolk and Bristol as part of a statewide gambling expansion.

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