February 24, 2015
An application was submitted on Monday to the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The application is to take land into trust for a future tribal casino.
The property is located in Fruitport Township on 60 acres at the Great Lakes Downs racetrack. The tribe purchased the property in 2008.
The tribe believes that if the proposed casino is developed, it would help fund more tribal services for their people. The project would also help the local economy with the creation of new jobs.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a waiver in 2013 that allowed for a federal review to proceed. The review would analyze the plans for the proposed plan. However, the current compact with the state would need to be changed. The change would need to be approved by both the legislature and the governor.
The casino would be 69,000 square feet. 35 table games and 1,700 slot machines would be operated. There are also plans for a hotel with 220 guest rooms. An entertainment venue and dining. As well as meeting and conference space.
The proposed project would cost $180 million. Muskegon County potentially could have over 1,200 jobs created.
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