The Pamunkey Indian Tribe has revealed that the facility it plans to construct in Norfolk, Virginia will be called HeadWaters Resort & Casino.
The Pamunkey Tribe claims that the name “HeadWaters” marks the start of a new chapter in the Pamunkey Tribe’s and Norfolk’s history, which was approved after a majority of citizens voted in favour of the project in November 2020. The name also alludes to the historical significance of rivers in the Tribe’s and city’s histories.
Robert Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe said: “Excitement is building and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the name. There’s just something about having a name that makes it feel more real. I’m confident that HeadWaters Resort & Casino will exceed even the highest of expectations and will make Norfolk proud.”
This news comes after the unveiling of a new rendering of the $500 million resort, which aims to take advantage of the Elizabeth River’s beauty.
More than 300 suites, a gaming floor, rooftop bar, waterside infinity pool, luxurious spa, sports bar and grill, steakhouse, multi-purpose event centre, and rooftop outdoor event space are among the amenities to be included in the venue.
Approximately 2,000 vehicles will be able to park in the attached parking deck, with additional off-site parking available, and guests arriving by Amtrak will have convenient access to the resort.
The HeadWaters Marina will be built as part of the project, allowing visitors to arrive by boat to enjoy the resort and casino, or to dock while taking the family to a baseball game next door.
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe will invest more than $20 million in shoreline resiliency issues and the creation of a vibrant, sustainable living space that aims to enhance the ecosystem along the Elizabeth River while also offering an exciting new natural area for residents and tourists to enjoy as part of the waterfront plan.
In addition, the Tribe will contribute substantial funds to the development, restoration, and accessibility of the Elizabeth River Trail.
Construction on the facility will begin as soon as the Virginia Lottery accepts the Tribe’s application for a casino operator licence. The project’s first phase is scheduled to be finished in 2023.