Construction starts at $100 million Danville casino

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Construction has started on a $100 million Golden Nugget Casino in Danville.

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The general contractor for the 11-month project is Wilhelm Construction of Indianapolis is the general contractor and Danville Development has entered into an agreement with local labor unions.

The structure will be built at 204 Eastgate Dr. on the site of a former industrial property that is being demolished. Developers say the existing services to the former structure will speed up the construction schedule.

Tom Wilmot Jr., who is president of casino development at Wilmorite, the leading partner behind the project, said they couldn’t be more excited for the groundbreaking.

He said Kuhlmann Design Group has designed an incredible attraction and exciting place for people to find entertainment.

He also said they’re excited to work with general contractor Wilhelm of Indianapolis, bringing expertise in casino construction, and working with the Illinois Building Trades, the Danville Commercial News reported. “Today’s a happy day for Danville,” he said.

An approximately 60,000-sq. ft. pre-manufactured metal building will remain and be refurbished for Phase 1 casino development. The casino will include a 41,500 sq. ft. gaming floor with 500 slot machines, two restaurants, a sportsbook and 14 table games. There will be  an online gaming and digital sports betting platform through Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc.

Additional space in the building can be used for meeting rooms or extra casino or restaurant space.

“As the owner/developer, this groundbreaking means that our work has just begun. We not only have to meet construction deadlines, we also have to meet the expectations of our future patrons and the citizens of Danville. We are definitely up for this challenge and are looking forward to becoming a part of this amazing community. We realize that our job is to now to deliver on the promises that we have made,” said James A. Wilmot, president of Danville Development, LLC, through a press release.

“This is a big day for the city of Danville. This casino is 30 years in the making and I’m proud to have this project come to fruition on my watch. It is something that has been talked about for many years and I am thrilled that I am able to be part of this pivotal moment in our city’s history,” Williams said.

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