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Beloit Casino one step closer to reality

BELOIT (WKOW) — A new casino in Beloit could break ground by the end of the year.

All they need is for one final document to get approval before going to the governor’s desk.

A new Ho-Chunk casino could soon be filling a field off of I-39/90 in Beloit.

Lori Curtis Luther, Beloit City Manager, says the casino could bring nearly 1,500 jobs and nearly $84 million dollars to the city.

“That will help us hire more police officers and grow our public safety,” Curtis Luther said. “Services which we have a need to do but there’s simply not enough revenue currently to expand the way we would like to do.”

Friday, the Bureau of Indian Affairs released the final Environmental Impact Statement.

It signaled one of the last steps before the project becomes a reality.

“Once they make their determination it’ll be the first part of a two-part concurrent process,” Ryan Greendeer, with the Ho-Chunk Nation, said. “That’ll head over to the governor’s desk for his concurrence.”

Greendeer says they expect most of the casino work staff will from Beloit and Rock County.

Curtis Luther says the news Friday is the best indication the project will see final approval by the end of the summer, meaning improvements for the city before the casino is even built.

“Conceivably we could see infrastructure improvements, road widening, traffic signals, that kind of work going in this year,” She said.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking comments on the Environmental Impact Study for the next 30 days.

If you would like to make a comment you can find more contact information here.

BLACK RIVER FALLS (WKOW) — The Bureau of Indian Affairs has published the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ho-Chunk Nation Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, a major step toward the proposed new casino in Beloit becoming a reality.

Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis said “The City of Beloit is thrilled to see this process move forward. We are committed to our partnership
with the Ho-Chunk Nation and are ready to hit the ground running.”

Now, a public comment period opens prior to the Bureau’s recording of decision, followed by Governor Evers’ concurrence.

Read more about the proposed casino here

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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