Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Detroit's Greektown Casino: expansion plans approved

On Tuesday, the Michigan Gaming Control Board unanimously approved Greektown Casino's plans for a permanent home.

Yesterday's decision gives
Greektown Casino - which has operated in the downtown Detroit-neighborhood known as Greektown since November 2000 - the go-ahead to move forward with plans for a $200 million permanent home.

The permanent plans call for 25,000 additional square-feet of gaming space, a 400-room hotel and a 3100-space parking structure.

A city-owned parking structure at St. Antoine and Monroe was demolished last week to make way for Greektown's new parking structure.

Greektown Casino is the first 100-percent Michigan-owned casino to open in Detroit and is the first tribal-owned casino in the United States to open on non-tribal land.

The casino, located at 555 East Lafayette, currently has 2400 slot machines and more than 80 gaming tables.

Greektown's permanent casino complex is set to open in September 2008.

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