RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A crowd gathered along Arthur Ashe Boulevard Monday evening to protest the proposed location of the Cordish Company’s Live! Casino and Resort.
In a Facebook post, protest organizers said the casino’s planned location would cause traffic issues and take away business from local establishments. Cordish said this site was chosen for its proximity to I-64 and I-95 and its ability to connect Richmond.
There were around 50 people protesting the casino proposal just before 5:30 p.m. Honking horns, cowbells and cheers were overheard as residents spoke out.
“It’s fast money, and it’s dirty money,” said Suzanne Hall who lives in the Fan.
Liz Turner, a resident of the Rosedale area in the north side said, “it doesn’t belong in a neighborhood, and this place is surrounded by neighborhoods.”
Turner, however, supports the ONE casino proposal in the south side, calling it “the lesser of the two evils.”
“There’s wide open spaces over there,” she said.
“I think we can do the same thing with all of them. Just say, ‘no,” said Farid Alan Schintzius, another protester at the event.
The rally cries are similar that lead to the demise of the Bally’s casino proposal for the Stratford Hills neighborhood.
The Bally’s casino proposal was taken off the table last week, leaving proposals from Cordish and Urban One.
A similar concern expressed in Scott’s Addition surrounds new traffic along Arthur Ashe Boulevard from I-95 south.
A spokesperson for the LIVE! project said they have specific ideas for traffic improvements, but did not immediately offer details; instead, referring 8News to resources on the city’s website.
Residents will be given the chance to vote to approve or reject the casinos, set for the November 2021 election.