Caesar’s Virginia Set to Select General Contractor for Project | Local News

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Caesar’s Virginia expects to select a general contractor by the end of this month, according to Robert Livingston, senior vice president of Caesars.

Livingston gave an update to Danville City Council in December outlining the company’s next steps in bringing an estimated 500-room resort casino to the city.

Work on the site began in September with the reduction and demolition of the former Dan River Mills finishing plant at the Schoolfield site, Livingston said, believing that process will continue through the summer.

Meanwhile, construction on other areas of the site will begin as demolition continues, he said.

It will take several months to clear the debris and grind up the materials resulting from the demolition of the old finishing plant, Livingston said.

Caesar’s is also building a settlement pond on the site to combat erosion, he said.

As for the general contractor, the company is looking for one who can mobilize quickly, Livingston said.

Caesar’s is also working with the city on its master planning process, which will allow Danville to be creative about how it wants to use the spaces around the resort’s casino, Livingston said.

Livingston also reiterated the company’s commitment to seeking local minority-owned suppliers and contractors, but stipulated that some specialist work may fall outside the scope of what is available locally.

Livingston said the company plans to hold a breakthrough event, but it depends on the selection of a general build, as well as the weather.

The first to be built will be the hotel tower, which is expected to be 18 to 20 stories tall and be as tall as the iconic Three Sisters chimneys, which have been preserved as part of the project, Livingston said.

Caesar’s has pledged to invest $500 million in the project, which will include several restaurants and bars, a hotel with at least 300 four-star rooms, a 35,000 square foot conference center, a 2,500 spaces, a swimming pool and a spa. .

The project is expected to employ 1,300 full-time equivalent employees and secure a minimum of $5 million in gaming tax revenue each year for each full year Caesar’s operates. The company will also provide an additional annual payment directly to the City based on a percentage of net gaming revenue.

2020 voters approved a referendum allowing casino gambling in Danville.

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