Closed meetings are set this week between the three development companies interested in bringing a casino to Danville and a local steering committee. Mayor Rickey Williams, Jr., said last week that face-to-face meetings with the casino hopefuls would be taking place. He added that if all goes as planned, the steering committee that was formed earlier hopes to have its recommendation to the Danville City Council next Tuesday (September 3rd).
It will be up to the City Council to make the final decision on whether to accept the steering committee’s recommendation for the casino. There are three options being considered. One of the prospects is proposing building the casino on land south of Interstate 74 at Lynch Road. A second proposal calls for placing the casino near the David S. Palmer Arena at the southern edge of Danville’s downtown business district.
No information has been released on where the third developer wants to place the casino. The Mayor announced last week, though, that a third developer had made the deadline for submitting a proposal.
The steering committee has selected a site south of Interstate 74 at Lynch Road as its preferred site. But some people are still saying they would rather it be located in the downtown area. But Mayor Williams says there simply is not enough room to place it downtown.