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Developer Proposes Gambling Complex in Norcross

The lottery-fueled facility could help the economy and fund the HOPE scholarship, says developer.

A local developer is hoping that residents are ready for a new gambling facility in Norcross, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution sourcing the Associated Press.

Developer Dan O'Leary told AP that he wants to build a $1 billion entertainment complex that could help boost the state's economy and HOPE scholarship program. The complex would include a hotel, a theater and a game floor with 7,500 lottery machines, says the article.

The development, according to O'Leary, could make $700 million in annual revenue with $350 million each year for HOPE, and create 2,500 new jobs and a thousand additional construction jobs.

The complex would be built near Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85 South at the OFS headquarters. O’Leary has a contract to buy 122 acres from the fiber optics manufacturer, which will keep a facility on site.

In 2009, O'Leary was behind a similar project that involved transforming Underground Atlanta into a casino area with restaurants, shops and a hotel. Former Gov. Sonny Perdue opposed the idea.

It's unclear where Gov. Nathan Deal stands on O'Leary's new plan, but they did meet in January, according to records obtained by AP.

Deal's office didn't immediately comment to AP on the specifics of the plan, but he said that he doesn't think the state is "compatible with a casino-type environment."

O'Leary told AP he's not putting the "casino" label on the project because the state law bans Las Vegas-style card games such as poker. The video lottery terminals proposed in the plan are already permitted under state law, but it will need backing of the Georgia Lottery Board, whose members are appointed by Deal.

Neva Spell February 29, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Well this is what we're getting down to: gambling for jobs. Where are the stable jobs that don't feed off of people's addiction to gambling because after they get finished at the Gambler's Annoymous there won't be any gamblers. So, Mayor, Gwinnett County Officials and CID, lets go get businesses that are stable and make the community move forward with other businesses and manufacturers that will even stabilize the idea of lets buy "AMERICAN" products. And, court the manufactures in particular and get a proposal together that will make them want to come back and set up business in Norcross and go get them. Don't just sit here and wait. There's plenty of empty buildings to fill. The lower to middle to upper middle class needs jobs. Lets put our thinking caps on and do something to actually create a better working environment which will help LOWER TAXES and even help the city make a "PROFIT". CHEERS:-}
Charlie Russell March 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
When you vote for people who implement things like GATT and NAFTA, you cannot have jobs in America that pay a living wage. The truth is we are going to have to compromise our preferences for what is real. This would provide some help.
Neva Spell March 12, 2012 at 02:31 AM
My thoughts on the economic woe is this: 1. It starts at the top with the cost of petroleum being way to high. 2. Then companies strain to make an affordable product that can even be shipped at an affordable price. 3. Then the consumer can't really afford to buy a lot of their products. 4. Then the company can't afford to make more products or even hire more people. 5. Then the govt. is taxing way too high which even compounds the spiral. 6. So basically we're shooting ourselves in the foot which causes companies to limp and struggle to get to the finish line to sell the product. 7. It's an endless, hopeless sprial making companies go down the poop tube and the consumers are spending less and less money and actually holding on to every cent they possibly can. I see this in my own business and my product costs $14 for a cut but my customer base is shrinking because they are spreading out their cuts and I'm not even dependent on petroleum to make or ship my product. I've been in my shop 14 years and have never seen my business loose 60% of its business. 8. I think its time to start making more products in the good old U.S.of A. and ignore the GATT and NAFTA excuses. 9. We're better than we think we are and need to move forward with "MADE IN AMERICA". We are a nation with an enterpreneurial spirit, always have been and always will be and I'm one of those. CHEERS:-}
Foley Anne Litton-Anderson March 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Thank goodness!! Georgia is finally getting with the program!
Daria Williams April 06, 2012 at 12:20 AM
This would be wonderful! give people what they want..we go to North Carolina and Alabama to do what we want that money could be staying in GA.....And I won't have to drive for two hours....Get it together GA

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