2.26.15: Plans move ahead for casino at former horse racing track
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Plans are moving forward for a casino at a former horse racing track in western Michigan.
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians announced this week that it filed an application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take 60 acres of land into trust for the $180 million casino and economic development project. The approval process could take years.
The tribe is proposing a casino, restaurants and a 220-room hotel at the former Great Lakes Downs in Muskegon County’s Fruitport Township, 30 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Plans call for a project designed to jumpstart the local economy and boost tribal government services.
Great Lakes Downs closed in 2007 and the Little River Band purchased the property in 2008. The tribe currently operates the Manistee’s Little River Casino Resort.