$275m Project Proposed From Alabama Tribe
Homewood’s village board has approved a 64,000 square foot casino. The casino will also be accompanied by an entertainment center, two bars, and three restaurants. The next phase of the project will see the introduction of a 251-room hotel, along with an indoor pool and spa. It is expected that the next phase will be finished in about four years.
The proposed location for the resort will be around the I-80 and Halsted Street interchange.
Brent Pinkston, the Chief Operating Officer, said: “We think the site is a great location and that the location can drive the best tax revenue, which will benefit all south suburbs.”
Receiving Approval And Community Benefits
Getting approval from the Homewood officials is the first step in bringing the Wind Creek’s Chicago casino to fruition. The casino operator will need approval from Homewood and East Hazel because the property will be stationed in between both places.
Wind Creek operates casinos in Florida, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. The tribal gaming entity also has properties in Curacao and Aruba.
The project will bring an extensive array of jobs during the building process and after completion. Also, the tax money will help build infrastructure in and around the Chicago metropolis.
The former IGB General Counsel Donna More said, “It’s good for new jobs, new taxes. It’s good for communities.”
“When I was at the gaming board in the 1990s, I would go up to the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. There wasn’t a whole lot there originally. But soon after the casino opened, condos and businesses began popping up,” she also added.