Lansing Casino Project Approved by City Council

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Dozens crowded the Lansing City Council meeting on Monday to see the fate of the city's proposed casino.

Council members voted to move forward with the project, but it doesn't mean the casino is good to go yet since the results of a tribal referendum is still unknown.

"If the tribe says no, then there will be a reason they say no and then they'll ask their elders to renegotiate the deal," said Lansing City Council Vice President Kathie Dunbar.

Renegotiating a new casino deal means the city council could be back at the voting table again. However, Council President Brian Jeffries says it's important to have their end of the decision set in stone because they're working under a tight deadline.

"The agreement itself has a drop dead date in it of around August 1," Jeffries said.

That means if tribal members vote to move forward with the proposal, the city is bound by the agreement to complete the land sale transaction by August 1. That leaves them limited time considering the complicated process.

"There's a lot that needs to go into the process like environmentals and site review and assessing the financials and all these things that go into when you purchase a piece of property to build. There's a lot that needs to be finalized," Dunbar said.

The approval from city council authorizes the sale of city land, allows the developer to build a parking ramp and provides the developer an opportunity for tax credit if the parking ramp project is successful.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    i have always thought highly of several city council members until now. What the devil are these people thinking? Mark my word this will be the biggest mistake the city has ever made.
  • by tony Location: mason on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
    If u don't like the casino don't go in it and stop crying about it. I don't hear of mt pleasent being a high crime area because of the casino. The only gangs I know of are the bus loads of elderly people. I'm sure they are not out robbing and causing problems stealing get over your selves
  • by shane Location: Delhi on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM
    Yes!!! Sorry to all the people who are mad about this. I am glad for it. I want something to do here in our city since gas is on the rise. For the people who do not want this..what is your take on how to make money? What would you want to see come here? I net 60% of you will be there to watch a concert or see a comic. Let me know how our schools can all stay open. Let me know please lol
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    the only people this benefits are out of state interest. To bad the city can not collect on any of the wages.
  • by tom Location: jackson on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    This is one of the worst ideas you have ever had the fact that you voted to put a casino in lansing just makes me glad that I don't live in that city. But if this so going to work at least do someting good with the money from the sale like fix some of your roads and hire more cops (your going to need them with all the drunk upset people after they loose all there money)
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    What did anyone expect? This is nothing other than a rubber stamp action. Now the City and State employees will have someplace to sneak out and goof off at for hours on end. Just another joke that will end up being a huge headache. The Waverly Golf course would have been an ideal location to build this farce, but the City and State workers wouldn't have been able to spend their day there as easily. Thank You. Ricardo
  • by Sue Location: Lansing on Mar 20, 2012 at 01:25 AM
    Just to say thanks to our city council members for looking out for the best interests of the city and its residents ( scarasm noted). A $245 million casino that will employee few if any ppl who are residents. It will only add more problems to the city. We can't provide for the homeless and hungry as it is, but you bunch of idiots think putting in a casino (including good ole virg and Snyder) will instantly make us a 1st class city. Am personally glad I did not vote for you.
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      by Brad on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:19 AM in reply to Sue
      I think its a great idea for the city! Look at what the Lugnuts did when they first came to town!! If your qualified for the job then you have a great chance at getting it. Some of these homeless people cause it themselfs and dont do anything about it! There are jobs out there if people really wanted one. Most people spend beyond their means which causes them to fall behind and eventually lose everything. I have been at rock bottom, and I am now on my way back up! It just takes effort
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      by mike on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM in reply to Sue
      Sue i agree.
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        by joe on Apr 2, 2012 at 04:33 PM in reply to mike
        i agree with Brad. there's programs around the city that will help the homeless work, but a lot of the homeless don't want to.
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