Virginia: City of Petersburg won’t release Cordish’s winning proposal for $1.4B casino

Virginia: City of Petersburg won’t release Cordish’s winning proposal for $1.4B casino

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  • Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury
May 14, 2024 8:41 PM
  • Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury

Petersburg officials say they won’t release the winning proposal for a planned casino project they’ve called the largest economic development effort in the city’s history.

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Last month, The Virginia Mercury requested a copy of the successful casino offer submitted to the city by Maryland-based Cordish Companies. On Tuesday, the city’s Freedom of Information Act officer said the document wouldn’t be released because the city canceled its competitive bidding process and hasn’t awarded a contract to Cordish.

“Therefore, the file is closed and no records are available,” Petersburg FOIA Officer Shaunta’ Beasley said in an email.

Some details have been publicly revealed about the proposal from Cordish and the other four bidders that responded to Petersburg’s Feb. 12 request for proposals from companies interested in building a casino in the city.