Big money and jobs tied to proposed Lansing casino

Jan 23, 2012

Plans call for a $245 million American Indian casino in downtown Lansing that backers say could create about 2,200 jobs.

The Lansing State Journal, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report that the Kewadin casino would be built near the Lansing Center and owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Mayor Virg Bernero says it would improve the viability of the convention center and fund scholarships for Lansing public school students. The 125,000-square-foot facility would offer up to 3,000 slot machines and 48 gambling tables.

Details were to be presented Monday to City Council. The plan would need approval from the Interior Department.

The casino would be built on land currently owned by the city. Under the plans, a smaller, temporary casino would open first.