3/30: Video-gaming complex?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Developer Dan O’Leary says his proposed $1 billion video-gaming complex near Norcross will raise an estimated $350 million annually for the HOPE scholarship through the Georgia Lottery. O’Leary’s comments to the AJC’s editorial board this week are highlighted at this link.

A family group opposed to the idea of expanded gambling at the casino-like facility responds.

What do you think?

5 comments Add your comment

speak the truth

March 30th, 2012
9:51 am

This proposal makes the most sense in every way. It rescues the most popular program in Georgia while creating so many jobs, redeveloping an area that could use it, and provides an outlet for Georgians that are taking their money out of state. Plus it seems that Gwinnett is interested in it. What a no brainer! Why isn’t this underway?


March 30th, 2012
9:51 am

Georgia has a rich and colorful history, To me Video gambling would be only the start of reclaiming A bygone era and bringing it into the 21st century. The most notorius, swashbuckling gambler in history was Rhett Butler of Margaret Mitchells epic novel about the south.
All that has to be done is build on a central theme weaving today and its electronic computerized world into another time.
Video gambling is only getting “your feet wet” go all the way with Casinos offering the full range of gambling activities and ofcourse, river boat gambling, it would bring a new AND stuning prosperity to Georgia. It can all be done putting it all together and having Georgia as an attractive venue for many, many travelers in and outside the state.

Hillbilly D

March 29th, 2012
7:25 pm

Sounds like that plan that comes around every few years to revive Underground Atlanta.


March 29th, 2012
7:14 pm

Actually I have no real problem with the concept, but wonder if Norcross is the right place. The area has been on a steady downhill slide for the last ten or fifteen years and I am not sure this is the positive growth they need. However, if they do decide to proceed make it a ballot initiative and let the community residents make the final decision.

A better solution would be “Red Light” districts in isolated areas where gambling and any other imaginable adult entertainment could be offered. These areas could be tightly controlled by Law Enforcement which would inevitably provide another income stream. That way the average citizen gets the benefits of the added revenue stream without having to deal with this type of behavior in our neighborhoods.


March 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

The state needs the money and gamblers need a place to play locally. It’s a win-win proposal.