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Developer loses land for proposed casino

ATLANTA -- A developer's attempt to build a gambling complex in Norcross has suffered a setback.

Dan O'Leary no longer controls the Norcross property where he proposed building Georgia's first casino.

An O'Leary spokesperson said the developer had extended his contract for the property seven times, but recently decided not to extend it again. He isn't giving up on his hopes for a casino though.

"As long as the HOPE scholarship is around, we're not going to go away," O'Leary said in a statement. "We'll always be shovel ready and ready to go."

Georgia approved lottery games two decades ago to fund HOPE, but subsequent attempts to expand gambling in the state have failed.

O'Leary had proposed installing 7,500 video lottery terminals run by the state lottery at the proposed casino.

His spokesperson said he is now talking with other local property owners about prospects.


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