BELOIT, Wisconsin (AP) — The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Friday approved the Ho-Chunk Nation’s application for a casino in Beloit, more than two decades after city residents voted for the complex.
The plan includes 33 acres of land in trust for the project, which is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs and 1,300 permanent jobs. Officials say the tribe plans to handle the design and construction for the project, including the necessary infrastructure.
The complex would include one of the largest casinos in the state, as well as a 300-room hotel with more than 45,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and a 40,000-square-foot indoor water park.
Beloit voters approved the project in a 1999 referendum. The tribe bought the land in 2009 and has been working to secure state and federal permits to build a casino since 2012. Governor Tony Evers signed the plan into law more than a year ago.
It will be the tribe’s fourth casino in Wisconsin, including ones in Nekoosa, one in Baraboo and one in Black River Falls.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said the new facility should provide a long-term revenue stream for essential housing, education and health programs for tribal members.
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