NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — With the possibility of New Kent County becoming home to the first casino in Virginia, the county’s board of supervisors will give citizens a chance to sound off on the proposal on Thursday.
A Tennessee-based company working with the Pamunkey Indian Tribe recently bought 600-acres in the county for $3 million.
The tribe said it’s looking at several potential sites in Virginia to build the $700 million resort and casino.
The Department of Interior granted federal recognition to the Pamunkey in 2015, allowing the possibility of casinos through a separate approval process.
The tribe was considered the most powerful in the Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom, which greeted the English settlers at Jamestown, and claims Pocahontas among its lineage.
The town hall will take place at New Kent Middle School, 7501 Egypt Road, at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the potential casino, the New Kent Board of Supervisors will discuss the re-opening of Colonial Downs.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.