The decision to build a Casino in Lansing Michigan has been set back and is being reviewed by the U.S Supreme Court.
Attorney General Bill Schuette wants to temporarily halt the building of the casino until after legal decisions concerning another Michigan casino are announced. The U.S. Supreme Court has granted this request according to mLive.
The other casino, the Bay Mills Casino located in Vanderbilt, was shut down due to illegal reservation gaming. “States should have the authority to stop illegal gaming on their own sovereign land, and we expect the U.S. Supreme Court to agree,” Scheutte spokesperson Joy Yearout said in a statement.
The Sault St. Marie tribe argues that the two casino cases are different and the lawsuit being filed is premature. The state now has until May 14 to file a petition to put the decision to build the casino to a halt, according to The Lansing State Journal.
About the Casino
A Sault St. Marie Chippewa tribe is looking to establish the $245 million Kewadin Casino. It would be located near The Lansing Center which resides at Cedar Street and Michigan Avenue.
According to a WordPress blog set up to keep residents informed of Casino progress the projected area of the casino would be around 279,000 square feet and will take 14-18 months to build.
Nearly 1500 full-time jobs would be produced along with 700 construction jobs, according to the blog.
“It will create thousands of good jobs, attract tens of thousands of tourists to the region, and generate enough revenue to allow our city to send all of our school district graduates to college,” Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said in a social media release on the casino.
Annual revenue from the casino will go towards The Lansing Promise that will give scholarships to students at Lansing Community College.
Residents thoughts on Casino
Mary Izzo, the owner of Izzo’s Pub in Lansing, said that the casino is a great idea. “It will bring in a lot of new people to the area,” she said. “It will also generate great money for the city and jobs for people that have been searching.”
“There is fear that they could take away from our clientele at local businesses, but we will never know until the time comes,” Izzo said.
“I think it is awesome that this casino is going to give money back to students like myself.” Said Katherine Corrado a marketing sophomore at Lansing Community College. “People tend to only think of the negative things when it comes to gambling, but this seems like a great money maker for our area.”
“Now I can have something else to do on the weekends other than just going to the bars,” said Ali Rebello a social science junior student at Michigan State University. I have never been to a casino I’ll have to check it out after it gets built.”