Developer seeks gambling center near Atlanta

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 5:15 PM
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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.

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Clemintime
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Clemintime 02/28/12 - 08:48 pm
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Put a casino in the T Center

Put a casino in the T Center and the city can pay for the air handling unit and fill the parking deck at the same time.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/29/12 - 09:21 am
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What kind of machines is

What kind of machines is O'Leary talking about? Roulette wheels?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/29/12 - 09:41 am
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A gamble we need.. This

A gamble we need..

This center would be built along I-85 & Jimmy Carter in Gwinnett---it is a 1$ billion dollar proposal....it would have a hotel-performing arts venue--dining & shopping & a game floor with 7,500 video machines...
This promises 2.500 permanent jobs with 1.000 construction jobs..

Right now this land is a drain on the system......
We need the jobs---we need the tax money & WE NEED THIS!!!

If you want to read more --read the Gwinnett Daily Post..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/29/12 - 09:46 am
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BTW...This is needed in the

BTW...This is needed in the CSRA also.....along the Gordon Hy would be a good choice...the young in South Augusta need jobs....this would be an answer to some...
And for some who think gambling isn't going on already---I say take your fanny out of yesterday...it is going on EVERYWHERE...
Put some people to work----give some more entertainment--bring some tax $$ in to Augusta Ga.......caused it sho is going on in other places.!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/29/12 - 10:01 am
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From the Associated Press

From the Associated Press article:

Records obtained Tuesday by AP show O’Leary met with Gov. Nathan Deal in January. . . . 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.

If that last sentence is correct, why does this guy need state government involved in his project? Seems like he should just be dealing with Gwinnett County Planning & Zoning.

There must be more to the story — it is beginning to sound like the TEE Center or the downtown baseball stadium, only with taxpayers from the whole state to soak. Does O'Leary want to build the facility with $1 billion in taxpayer money?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/29/12 - 10:06 am
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The difference (llamb) would

The difference (llamb) would be that people would ACTUALLY come to this...

The proposal --which promises more of a "resort" than a casino vibe--has caught people's attention..
Normal zoning procedures should apply---& a proposal to tie the video machines directly to the state lottery.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/29/12 - 10:17 am
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Sounds like an intersting

Sounds like an intersting business venture if O’Leary builds it with his own money!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/29/12 - 10:17 am
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seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/29/12 - 10:22 am
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LLamb....my taxes have gone

LLamb....my taxes have gone for the poor-the law--the goof offs-the roads-the schools--the sit on thy behind folks....THIS is something I feel will pay off......just like we can't stop people from drinking..smoking..sex of all kinds....we can't stop people from drugs either........
I will be willing to help pay for this.....I see a payback on this & I don't see it in other things we pay for.....not even the ballpark we got....this is a big entertainment center....people want to be entertain esp. in todays economy..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/29/12 - 10:26 am
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LL...I will invite you & your

LL...I will invite you & your "other" person "spouse".....to comeup & stay with us...GOB is fun once ya get to know him...when they build the thing.
:)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/29/12 - 10:27 am
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Thanks for linking to the

Thanks for linking to the Gwinnett Daily Post article. It was interesting. It did not explicitly say whether O'Leary is seeking state funding or merely seeking state permission only for hooking up the lottery terminals. I had to laugh when I read this sentence:

“What we’re going for has a very, very upscale feel,” O’Leary said. . . . “It’s classy conservative.”

Watch out when developers say something is going to be very, very upscale.

:-)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/29/12 - 10:35 am
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Hahha LLamb....we DO have

Hahha LLamb....we DO have some upscale folks around here yaknow...:)

Believe it or not!

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