Muskegon Co. casino takes step forward

A photo of a sign at the former Great Lakes Downs in Muskegon County. (Feb. 24, 2015)


FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Plans to build a casino on the site of a former racing track in Muskegon County are moving forward.

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians filed its application to put the 60-acres at the former Great Lakes Downs in Fruitport Township into a federal trust.

When completed, the $180 million investment would have a 69,000-square-feet gaming area with over 1,700 slots and 35 table games. It will also have a 220-room hotel. That puts it close in size to Firekeepers Casino near Battle Creek.

The tribe says the casino and hotel would create about 1,200 new jobs in Muskegon County.

A drawing of the future Muskegon Casino. (Courtesy: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians)
(A drawing of the future Muskegon Casino. Courtesy: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians)

But building the casino will be a lengthy process.

Both the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs still have to review the trust application. A public hearing will be held in the Muskegon area, and a decision could come in a year or so.

Great Lakes Downs opened in 1999 and closed in 2007. The tribe bought the property in 2008.

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