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Jan. 9, 2019 – Hampton’s City Council on Wednesday endorsed a permit for an indoor off-track betting horse racing facility in the Power Plant shopping center, as well as several zoning changes for small live entertainment venues and the Phoebus district.
The council granted a use permit for the Colonial Downs Group to operate an amusement center. The off-track betting facility and restaurant is planned to fill the space formerly occupied by Luckie’s and NASCAR Sports Grille – as well as an addition – for a total of 2,470 square feet. The company projects it will generate $2 million a year in city tax revenues.
Called Rosie’s, the facility is projected to have 1.2 million visitors per year and employ 200 people. The company announced a security plan that includes 200 security cameras that the Hampton Police Department will have access to view. Company representatives said its average customer is a woman, travels more than 10 miles, visits about 10 times a year and spends about $50 per visit.
In other matters, City Council: