Ho-Chunk Nation adds indoor water park to plans for Beloit casino

Ho-Chunk Nation adds indoor water park to plans for Beloit casino


WELCOME BACK… SLOT MACHINES, A FOUR-STAR HOTEL, AND A WATER PARK. WHAT DO THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON? THEY’RE ALL INCLUDED IN THE PLANS FOR A NEW HO-CHUNK CASINO IN BELOIT. ROSE SCHMIDT TELLS US ABOUT THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACTS FOR ROCK COUNTY. (((ROSE SCHMIDT, WISC NEWS 3: “A NEW CASINO COULD BE COMING RIGHT HERE TO BELOIT. THE PLAN HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR YEARS, AND IT COULD BRING UPWARDS OF 1500 JOBS TO THE AREA”))) IT MAY NOT LOOK LIKE IT NOW, BUT THIS AREA ALONG INTERSTATE 39-90 ACROSS FROM THE WELCOME CENTER COULD SOON BE HOME TO A NEW HO-CHUNK CASINO. COMPLETE WITH 22-HUNDRED SLOT MACHINES, 50 TABLES AND 300 HOTEL ROOMS, HO-CHUNK IS EXPANDING THE PLANS EVEN FURTHER. (((LORI LUTHER, BELOIT CITY MANAGER: “HO-CHUNK NATION IS ANNOUNCING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 40,000 SQUARE-FOOT WATER PARK — INDOOR WATER PARK — THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THEIR PROPERTY. SO WE THINK THAT THAT IN AND OF ITSELF WOULD CREATE A NEW DESTINATION.”))) AND WITH THAT DESTINATION, WILL COME AN ESTIMATED 27-HUNDRED JOBS TO THE AREA
— BOTH DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY. THE CITY AND THE COUNTY WILL GET A YEARLY REVEUNE STREAM AS PART OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE HO-CHUNK NATION… (((LORI LUTHER, BELOIT CITY MANAGER: “THE CITY WOULD BE LOOKING AT AN ADDITIONAL 3.5 MILLION ANNUALLY, AND ROCK COUNTY WOULD BE LOOKING AT 1.5 MILLION ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. SO NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS IS A POTENTIAL GAME CHANGE FOR OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, AND THE IMPACT IS DRAMATIC.”))) THIS CASINO IS MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS IN THE MAKING… AFTER WISCONSIN GRANTED THE HO-CHUNK NATION AN AGREEMENT TO MAKE FOUR GAMING LOCATIONS IN THE STATE. (((WINFRID CLEVELAND, PRESIDENT OF HO-CHUNK NATION: “WE’VE HAD OUR COMPACT SINCE 1992, AND WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A PARTNER TO DO A CASINO, AND WE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE CITY OF BELOIT WAS INTERESTED”))) THE PROJECT STILL FACES SOME HURDLES… THE HO-CHUNK NATION’S APPLICATION HAS BEEN UNDER REVIEW WITH THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS FOR FIVE YEARS. BUT AFTER MEETING WITH OFFICIALS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR IN WASHINGTON D-C, THE HO-CHUNK TRIBE IS HOPEFUL THE PROJECT CAN MOVE FORWARD. IN BELOIT, ROSE SCHMIDT, WISC NEWS 3. HO-CHUNK NATION HOPES TO START CONSTRUCTION IN 2020 AND OPEN THE NEW CASINO IN 20-21.

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