Monday, February 6, 2023

Like betting on horses? This city just approved an off-track betting facility

Rosie's, an indoor, off-betting track, is schedule to open in late September (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Colonial Downs LLC.)
Rosie’s, an indoor, off-betting track, is schedule to open in late September (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of Colonial Downs LLC.)

HAMPTON — City Council approved Wednesday night a building permit for an indoor off-track betting facility.

The vote was unanimous, 7-0 with 17 conditions, including changing to the off-betting tracks operating hours from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Colonial Downs LLC. and Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, based in Richmond, will invest approximately $30 million in capital to renovate the building, 1990-1999 Power Plant Parkway, right next to PBR in the Power Plant Parkway Shopping Center, according to the proposal.

The off-track betting facility features a maximum of 700 betting machines which allows customers to bet on live and past races and includes three American bistro style restaurants.

According to the proposal, Colonial Downs plans to hire 200 full and part-time employees, with the average person making about $42,000 per year.

In a Facebook Live event around 10 a.m. Thursday, Mike Donovan, vice president of marketing for Colonial Downs and Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, said the company will hold two jobs fairs on Feb. 14 and Mar. 14 for the new betting track, which is scheduled to open in late September.

Julia Marsigliano
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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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