Muskegon Co. casino takes step forward

Muskegon County

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.

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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