Plans move forward to build casino in Muskegon County

Posted at 9:34 AM, Feb 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-25 09:34:04-05

FRUITPORT TWP., Mich. — Plans to build a casino in Muskegon County are moving forward.

On Monday, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians submitted an application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take land trust for where the proposed casino will be built.

The tribe wants to put the casino on the land of the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack in Fruitport, which it bought in 2008.

The casino would have 69,000 square feet of gaming floor space, 1,700 slot machines, 25 game tables. There would also be conference and meeting rooms, dining and entertainment, and a hotel.

FOX 17 spoke with Brian Werschem, Fruitport Twp. supervisor, who said the township supports the tribe in the development of the casino. He said the tribe owns more than 200 acres and that the casino would only take up about 60 acres. He said the remaining land would go toward other types of development.