The operator of Underground Atlanta has proposed a plan to the Georgia Lottery Board for a casino that would fund the HOPE scholarship and also provide millions of tax dollars for the city.
Developer Dan O'Leary outlined a $450 million proposal that would gut and redevelop Underground, adding upscale restaurants and retailers and a 29-story hotel to the downtown entertainment complex.
State law prohibits Las Vegas-style casinos with card games, but the lottery's charter does not expressly prohibit video lottery terminals. There have been previous calls for casinos in Georgia, none of which have come to fruition.
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