St. Louis County Council approves zoning change for new casino
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November 30, 2009
ST. LOUIS COUNTY - The St. Louis County Council this month approved zoning
changes that would allow the development of a new casino and entertainment
complex in north St. Louis County.
The council voted 4-2 to approve the rezoning request for a site near Columbia
Bottoms Conservation Area. It is 377 acres located a mile north of Interstate
The proposed project includes a casino, convention center, theater, hotel,
sports bar, buffet, store space, 18-hole golf course and 8,000 parking spaces.
Mayor Robert Lowery of Florissant said afterwards "The construction of this
project will put thousands of people back to work. There are a lot of people in
need of this project."
However, Michael Berg, who opposes construction of the complex said "Building a
giant facility on the confluence of North America's two largest rivers ... is
not the way to promote economic prosperity in this county."
There remains three major obstacles to building the project. The casino must
pass the environmental regulation hurdles, overcome concerns about flood plain
development and, finally, obtain a gaming license from the state.
"This North County group knows that there is no license available," said Gene
McNary, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission. "They're preparing
themselves with proper zoning and I don't know what else, probably market
studies, in case a license becomes available."
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