February 14, 2016
An abandoned church may become a future casino owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The tribe has property located near the Detroit Metro Airport. The amount of land that is now owned by the tribe that the proposed casino should be given authorization by the federal government.
In 2010 the tribe purchased 71 acres of land for $179,000. 7 acres of that land is the location of the church. Another 7 acres in Huron Township is also owned by the tribe. That land includes the Pinnacle Race Course.
The former church building is 70,000 square feet. The space will be divided to provide tribal services, medical, education, in addition to the casino facility.
An agreement has been made between the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the township. Instead of property taxes the tribe will pay 0.5% of the revenue from the slot machines to the township. The township will send a letter when requested to the U.S. Department of Interior to show support desire for the casino in the area.
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