City moves on rezoning for Gateway casino and hotel

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is officially on the road to having room to grow. Whether the casino giant will grow in the Western Fair District or not, is an open question.

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is officially on the road to having room to grow. Whether the casino giant will grow in the Western Fair District or not, is an open question.

City politicians voted unanimously Monday night at a meeting of the planning and environment committee to move ahead with rezoning lands the city and Western Fair own, setting the stage for a glitzy new casino and hotel complex.

That’s if negotiations involving Gateway, the Western Fair and city officials are resolved successfully. The parties have been locked in lease negotiations for more than a year.

“Generally, I’m supportive of the zoning changes,” Ward 4 Coun. Jesse Helmer.

At his urging, the committee added language that would allow for more public input on the project’s site plan. He also wants an official definition of a “casino” developed.

During a brief public meeting, Jen Pastorius, head of business development for the Old East Village Business Improvement Association, spoke approvingly of the process being undertaken.

“I would hope and expect that we would work together well, as we have in the past,” Pastorius said of the fair and city.

“The City of London has been as collaborative as possible,” added Ward 13 Coun. Tanya Park, a mayoral hopeful.

Gateway wants to build a 125-room hotel and a new, smaller grandstand and introduce restaurants, 1,200 slot machines and 46 table games in a new mega-casino. The complex would cost $140 million.

The London Plan, which guides how the city grows, allows for a hotel on the fair’s 19-hectare site.

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