March 5, 2018
Plans have been announced for a new casino and water park to be opened by 2021 in Beloit. The project is owned by the Ho-Chunk nation. It has over ten years in development. The next step has started. The tribe is now seeking legal counsel to move forward with the project.
The casino and water park will be a very large undertaking. The casino would operate over 2,000 slot machines. 300 guest rooms are planned for the hotel. There will also be a convention center, shopping, and five restaurants. The water park would be 40,000 square feet.
Near Colley Road off I-90 is the planned location. Construction has been approved by the Beloit City Council and Rock County. The City of Beloit and the Ho-Chunk tribe have formed a partnership for the project. Construction jobs and related job services the construction will bring has been favorable by residents. When the project is completed over 1,500 jobs will be created and need to be filled.
There is some opposition to the casino project. Senator Dave Syverson from Illinois, believes that the convention center in Rockford could be affected. He also thinks that Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bank Center could also lose business.
Construction cannot proceed until other procedures occur first. The project must be approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Then Beloit has to host a forum for the public to make comments on the proposed project. After that step, the state governor must sign off on it. Then officials from the president's administration must also give approval.
The project is estimated to cost $405 million to complete.
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