The B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has reached out to Saanich to discuss bringing a casino to the municipality.
On March 11, Saanich received a letter from the BCLC explaining that, in accordance with interest expressed in 2016, the lottery corporation hopes to discuss the potential of bringing a “gaming and entertainment facility” to the District.
In 2016, the BCLC short-listed Saanich and Victoria for a new south Island casino. A year later, the BCLC announced Victoria was the preferred municipality to host the region’s second gaming facility. At the time, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps called this “good news,” but later announced Victoria was no longer interested in having a casino. Helps cited concerns about drugs and money laundering.
Despite it being too early for Haynes to speculate about a specific location for a potential casino, he expects that proximity to the Elements Casino would be taken into consideration. This means it would be unlikely that the new gaming facility would be built near Uptown Shopping Centre, he said, despite a 2016 report indicating the mall would be the ideal location. Haynes pointed out that the casino would need to be located further east.
nparker welcome in this thread!
(don't read the full article though it has some of the elements you'd like to avoid)
anyway "further east" seems interesting but does it make sense? shelbourne plaza area?
how about mt. tolmie? "canada's first cliffiside casino" lose big just throw yourself off the edge.
maybe it could replace planet organic.
oh haynes says a hotel complex too. well university heights then. or cadboro bay. it could be cadborosaurus-themed.
how about on the royal oak golf course land? those neighbours be careful what you wish for!
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 18 March 2020 - 09:47 AM.