ATLANTA — A Georgia developer is hoping that residents will embrace a new gambling facility near Atlanta.
Developer Dan O’Leary tells The Associated Press he wants to build a $1 billion entertainment complex in Norcross that could give a jolt to Georgia’s economy and infuse the popular HOPE scholarship program with much-needed cash.
Records obtained Tuesday by AP show O’Leary met with Gov. Nathan Deal in January. His office didn’t immediately comment on the proposal.
Deal previously said he doesn’t favor any expansion of gambling. O’Leary says the machines are permitted by state law and wouldn’t need legislative approval.
O’Leary pitched a plan in 2009 to transform Underground Atlanta into a casino, but the project was scuttled. He says he hopes to earn the backing of state lottery officials.