Virginia: Cordish beats out four other bidders to win Petersburg’s casino business, but council reaction is muted

Virginia: Cordish beats out four other bidders to win Petersburg’s casino business, but council reaction is muted

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  • Bill Atkinson, Petersburg Progress-Index
April 24, 2024 9:09 PM
  • Bill Atkinson, Petersburg Progress-Index

City Council unanimously chose a familiar face as its preferred casino vendor Wednesday night, but the choice took a back seat to what happened once the special meeting was adjourned.

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Instead of sticking around to talk about the economic potential of that decision or the next steps in the process of pushing the idea to Petersburg’s voters, councilors quickly dashed to their cars in the Petersburg Public Library parking lot. Some of them declined to comment while others walked stone-faced without saying a word as they approached reporters waiting outside for reaction.

The only councilor to comment was Ward 5 Councilor Howard Myers, who made the motion to go with go with Cordish and BSE’s $1.4 billion proposal for 92 acres off Wagner Road in south Petersburg.