A New Casino Expected to Create 3,000 Jobs

Published August 21, 2003 by OCR Editor

A New Casino Expected to Create 3,000 Jobs

According to an environmental assessment of a new Indian casino project, the project proposed at Beloit would create more than 3,000 jobs, a windfall of $8 million for retail stores and restaurants and result in increased traffic around the facility.

The casino complex is projected to cost $175 million, generate 3,000 new jobs and include a 2,000-seat theater complex, 500-unit hotel, a 300-seat buffet restaurant, 150-seat coffee house, 150-seat upscale restaurant, a 250-seat sports bar, a 35,000 square-foot convention center and a 68,000 square-foot water park. It is also projected to create more than 2,100 jobs through indirect and induced impacts on growth in surrounding businesses and ancillary developments.

The assessment's study of traffic patterns and projections found the casino would generate more than 3,000 trips per day to the casino with an average daily attendance of 13,400.

About 50 percent of casino patrons would travel from Illinois while 35 percent will come from Wisconsin and about 15 percent from Beloit, the assessment predicts. It recommended several improvements to roads in the vicinity of the casino. The assessment said the surrounding environment, including soil, air and water, would not be seriously impacted by a casino.

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs began a 30-day period Tuesday for public comment on the assessment.

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