Caesars holds community forum to gather citizen input on new casino development in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Plans for a new Caesars Casino in Danville bought dozens out to Dan River Inc. on Monday night for a presentation with developers followed by a Q&A session.

The casino is expected to be built at the former Dan River Inc. site in the Schoolfield section of the city.

Senior Vice President of Development for Caesars Entertainment, Robert Livingston, was one of the main presenters on Monday, Aug. 23.

“This meeting was about making sure that we’re listening to the public [and learning about] what that site means and making sure that the design ends up with their feedback,” said Livingston.

Developers from Caesars Virginia discussed plans for the 85-acre property and what will go inside.

The casino resort will include a hotel, which they plan to build first. It’ll also include 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games, 16 poker tables, restaurants, and bars.

“You’re going to see some demolition starting soon. I would say within the next month or so,” said Livingston. “Once we get the site cleaned up then you’re looking at probably late December, early next year before we start seeing things come out of the ground.”

Developers also anticipate plenty of traffic during the first few weeks, but believe it’ll become more manageable as time goes on. As for preserving Danville’s history, they plan to keep the smokestacks in the design.

Livingston says they also plan to work with the historical society to include some pieces that tell the story of the mill. However, he says the big story is the economic impact.

According to Livingston, “1,300 jobs, I can’t remember how many construction jobs, but then you have the direct jobs, indirect jobs, construction jobs. It’s going to reinvigorate this part of Danville, this community, and this part of the region.”

Ashley Henry grew up in Danville and believes this will spark growth in the city.

“When we lost Dan River Mills, we lost a part of life and so bringing Caesars here, it’s going to be vibrant,” said Henry. “I see it coming.”

Since she heard about the project, she was encouraged to work on starting her own business nearby.

“Just bringing life back to the city of Danville is what I’m looking for,” Henry said.

Caesars also plans to start hiring a management team in 2023 and coordinate with law enforcement later down the line to enhance police presence around the casino.

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