Virginia: Norfolk casino will likely be built in one phase; newly obtained letters shed light

Virginia: Norfolk casino will likely be built in one phase; newly obtained letters shed light

Article brief provided by The Virginian-Pilot
  • Ian Munro, The Virginian-Pilot
August 5, 2023 1:07 PM
  • Ian Munro, The Virginian-Pilot

The developers of the planned HeadWaters Resort and Casino said they received contradictory guidance from Norfolk officials on plans to move forward with the project, leading them to pull a development application from city review last month.

Newly obtained letters sent by Norfolk officials to the casino applicants detail what the city said about the two-phase construction approach the developer publicly announced in June. A March 1 letter shows the city laying out an approval process for a two-phase construction approach, while a July 14 letter says the current agreement would not allow for such a plan.

A Friday statement from a Norfolk city spokesperson said though there have been talks about an amendment to the original plan to allow a phased approach, the council would have needed to approve it and nothing was ever amended or finalized.