Tribal Organization: Ho-Chunk Nation
HO-CHUNK GAMING BELOIT
Near I-39 / I-90
The Ho-Chunk Nation has proposed building a $405 million casino in Beloit, Wisconsin near the Illinois border. It would be located across from the Wisconsin Welcome Center along I-39/I-90.
The City of Beloit and Rock County have each made a revenue sharing agreement with the Ho-Chunk. Each would be paid up to $3 million annually.
The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs has been reviewing the Ho-Chuck's application for the Beloit casino for the past five years. That decision is pending.
If approved, an environmental impact report would be prepared and followed by public hearings. Final approval would come from the state governor.
If all of that is approved, construction could start as early as 2020 and completion by 2021.
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November 09, 2018
On Friday the federal Bureau of Indian affairs produced the environmental impact statement for the land that would be used for the proposed Beloit Ho-Chunk casino. The location would take over 74 acres along Interstate 39-90 and Willowbrook Road. It would cost $405 million to build the casino resort.
With the completion of the environmental report, the project moves to the next stage. On December 11 a public hear will be held about the proposed casino. The hearing would be held in Beloit at Aldrich Middle School.
The public will be allowed to submit comments on the project until December 24.
If the project is given final approval, it will create thousands of construction related jobs. As well as 1,500 permanent positions once the casino resort is opened.Back
August 03, 2018
On August 17 the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs will review that proposed $405 million Beloit casino. The casino project is owned by the Ho-Chunk Nation. For many years the project has been in the works.
The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. If the bureau gives approval the federal register will list the project. Officials for Beloit believe this will help the large scale development move forward.
A formal process and an established timeline would be developed if the proposed casino can be placed on the federal register. A series of public hearings will also need to be held.
The approval from the governor would be the next step after the public hearings. A one year time limit would be given for the decision from the governor.
The Ho-Chunk Nation are hopeful to begin construction on the casino project by 2020.
It will be located to the west of Interstate 90/39. Near Colley and Willowbrook roads.
Support for the casino has been strong with city officials. Last week several of them delivered letters by hand to U.S. Sen Ron Johnson. This was while he was visiting. The letters were to ask him for his support for the project by writing a letter to the bureau.
Plans for the proposed casino project include a hotel, indoor waterpark, and convention center.
An estimated 1,500 jobs will be created for the project. Nearby businesses will also benefit with another 1,000 jobs in creation.
In 2012 an intergovernmental agreement was made between the tribe and the city. A settlement with area tribes that would prevent them from stopping the Ho-Chunk Nation's project was made in 2014.Back