Hard Rock’s Bristol Casino Resort Project Receiving Positive Feedback

Hard Rock’s Bristol Casino Resort Project Receiving Positive Feedback
Hard Rock’s Bristol Casino Resort Project Receiving Positive Feedback

In Summary: Hard Rock submitted a proposal to build a casino resort in Bristol

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Bristol City Council received mostly positive feedback regarding the casino resort project, one of five Virginia legislature has approved to be constructed and operated in 5 cities located along the state line. At a public hearing on Thursday city officials heard in-person and e-mailed comments from citizens regarding the proposal by Hard Rock International , the only candidate that responded to the request for information . Hard Rock’s Proposal

The Florida-based casino and hospitality operator submitted a detailed 307-page report on plans of how to transform the former Bristol Mall, the chosen location for the casino resort. The complex will have, besides the casino, a 750-room hotel, restaurants and other fine-dining outlets, shops, a convention centre and a concert hall. According to the letter sent to city officials by Hard Rock’s Chairman, President and CEO Jim Allen , the resort is estimated to deliver between $15 million and $20 million in local tax annually.

As one resident of Bristol had raised concerns in an e-mail regarding the financial impact of the project, asking City Council to introduce a safety net by seeking an expert analysis before issuing the final approval, City Manager Randall Eads responded that he would have considered that option provided there were more candidates. Since the project submitted by the Seminole Tribe-owned Hard Rock was the sole one, he considered hiring a gaming analyst unnecessary. Project Hailed but Outcome Unknown

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