County favors Riviera plan

July 02, 2002 8:09 AM
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A Las Vegas-based casino company got a boost last week when community leaders voted to endorse its plan for a new casino.

Riviera Holdings Corporation (RIV) is one of two companies looking to receive a license to construct and operate a casino in Jefferson County, Mo. The county commissioners voted unanimously to support the project.

According to Ron Johnson, president of Riviera Gaming Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Riviera Holdings, the project will consist of a 52,000 square foot gaming area housing 1,500 slot machines, 40 table games and a poker room; a 200-room hotel tower, including 100 mini suites; a showroom/entertainment center; a buffet and steak house, and a 2,000 car parking garage.

"Upon completion," said Johnson, "we expect the facility will employ approximately 1,100 people, making it the largest employer in Jefferson County."

The gaming complex will be constructed on a 260-acre site in an unincorporated area of Jefferson County. The county has an option on the site that the Riviera will purchase should the company receive the gaming license from the Missouri Gaming Commission.

Speaking for the county commissioners, Samuel Rauls, president, said, "We are endorsing Riviera’s application for the casino because their proposal encompassed all our requirements for the project. They have an outstanding reputation for integrity, employee relations and community involvement in Las Vegas and Black Hawk, Colorado, which are qualities we want to duplicate in the Jefferson County casino."