South Bend may be the newest location for a Four Winds Casino. The casinos are
owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
The tribe and the city were able to come to an agreement on Wednesday over
payments and utilities. This would be done instead of paying property taxes.
The city will receive 2 percent of the casino's net gaming revenue. If the
casino has less than 1,700 games then the city will not be paid less than $1
million. If the casino has 1,700 or more games then the city will not be paid
less than $2 million.
In addition, $5 million will be paid towards non profit organizations and city
projects. $400,000 will also be paid to the city to replace the existing sewer
The casino will cost $400 million to complete.
An environmental impact statement is under review. This is a drafted version.
The final version must be submitted and approved by the federal Bureau of Indian
Affairs. After that time construction can start.
The Four Winds Casino in South Bend could be the largest casino in the state. It
would be built on 166 acres and located at Ind. 23 and U.S. 31. The casino could
have up to 3,000 slot machines. The hotel will have 500 guest rooms and be 18
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