A tentative deal between a tiny Indian tribe and two Detroit casinos has cleared the way for construction to start on lavish gambling halls in time for the 2006 Super Bowl.
The Detroit News reported that the Greektown and MotorCity casinos would pay more than $35 million over 25 years to the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
In Sept. 2002, a U.S. appeals court told the city of Detroit it couldn’t issue building permits for permanent gambling halls until the case was resolved.
Both sides did caution that progress made in the past week could unravel.
If construction doesn’t start by year’s end, casino owners said it would be difficult to have rooms ready for the Super Bowl.
Bird eyes casino
Indiana Pacers executive and NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird is among five groups interested in operating a new riverboat casino in French Lick.
The Indianapolis Star also reported that Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts was also part of the groups to construct the 11th riverboat casino in the state. Residents of French Lick had lobbied 10 years for a casino in their economically depressed area.
The only hurdle is for a majority of Orange County voters to approve a Nov. 4 referendum favoring legalized gambling.
ALSO: The Navajo Nation’s president has signed a compact that would pave the way for casino gambling in New Mexico.