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Left: Rendering of the Caesar's casino resort in Danville, Va. Right: The Bellagio Hotel Vegas, which was designed by the same architects as Caesar's Danville will be.

DANVILLE, Va. and LAS VEGAS, Nev. — An internationally renowned Las Vegas-based architectural firm was selected by Caesar's Entertainment to design the world-class casino resort in Danville City.

The firm, Marnell Companies, was responsible for the design of such prominent American casinos as the Bellagio in Las Vegas, one wing of the Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, the Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa, Okla., Park MGM in Las Vegas and many others from Louisiana to Kansas.

When asked by reporters if the renowned architecture firm had contracted with Caesar's Danville to design the multi-million-dollar casino resort:

"Yes, that's true," said Nicole Garcia, Business Executive & Administrator at Marnell Companies.

Groundbreaking on the casino in Danville's Schoolfield neighborhood is slated for the autumn, with a projected opening to the public in 2023.

"We (Caesar's Entertainment) have selected Marnell Architecture to complete the design and architecture for Caesars Virginia. They were chosen based off their experience and impressive body of work in casino design," a Caesar's Entertainment spokesperson shared in a statement.

The casino will feature 300 or more four-star hotel suites, a spa, pools, fitness facilities, a 2,500-seat entertainment venue, and bars and restaurants on-site. It will also connect to a 35,000-square-foot meeting space.

"Also, I can share on the background that the timeline and scope of the project has not changed," Caesar's Public Relations Director Robert Jarrett told the Star-Tribune from Las Vegas Thursday afternoon. "We are hard at work in the development of Caesar's Virginia."

Caesar's classifies the project as a $400+ million investment in the Dan River region, with an estimated $38 million in annual tax revenue for the City of Danville.

"We have met some of the members of the Caesars architectural team and will continue to meet with them as the project goes forward," Danville CIty Manager Ken Larking said. "This is an important step in getting the resort development open by the end of 2023."

The project will create 900 construction jobs and 1,300 hospitality jobs, boasting an average annual salary of $50,000 with benefit packages included.

Caesar's Danville has already presented a $15 million upfront payment to the city on Dec. 8, 2020.

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