The Pamunkey Tribe has recently suggested a new site for their temporary Headwaters Casino. The destination proposed is the Harbor Park parking lot. The original idea suggested by the Pamunkey Tribe was to build the casino within the stadium itself. However, this suggestion was shut down by Norfolk officials in 2021.
Last year, the Pamunkey Tribe proposed a new casino be built within the confines of Harbor Park stadium. Supposedly, the casino would have cost $500 million to finish, and it would house 150 table games, a 300-room hotel, and about 3000 slot machines.
The tribe made their proposal last summer, however, the suggestion was shut down by Norfolk city officials. In their rejection, they mentioned concerns that the building of the casino would not meet the specifications put forth by the city in regard to new buildings. The proposal was shut down last July, and the Pamunkey Tribe has been drafting up a new proposal since then.
Just recently, the tribe came back to city officials with a brand new proposal in regards to building the casino. Rather than building the establishment within the confines of Harbor Park Stadium, they suggested the casino be built in the stadium’s parking lot.
The New Proposal
The new proposal came only recently. The suggestion is that the half-a-million-dollar-worth casino should be built within the confines of the Harbor Park parking lot. The casino area is predicted to take up 45,000 square feet of land, which equals about 300 parking spaces. The tribe has also asked to build a 35-foot interim casino, that will generate revenue until the real establishment is built.
The temporary facility is going to feature gaming machines numbering in the hundreds, a working bar for beverages, and even a restaurant. Guests will be able to play some slots, have a few drinks, and even have dinner in the interim casino.
The proposal was brought in front of city officials already. The tribe is waiting for a response from the city council, and they are hoping for the best. Should Pamunkey be given the green light to build their establishment, it is expected that the facility will be done within six months.
The temporary facility will continue to work until the casino proper is open. A timeline for this has not been established, but the Pamunkey tribe is hoping that it will all be said and done by 2024.