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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    Ohioans push plan for Indian casino

    SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010



    A pair of Ohio investors has quietly joined forces with an Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe in hopes of opening a Delaware County casino that would be Ohio’s first.

    A Cincinnati-area landfill manager and a retired financial consultant have pitched to the Delaware Tribe of Indians the idea of building a casino near the junction of I-71 and Rts. 36/37 before voter-approved casinos open in Columbus and three other cities.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/05/16/copy/ohioans-push-plan-for-indian-casino.html?adsec=politics&sid=101




    But the idea faces long odds. The Delaware Tribe has no landholdings in Ohio. Strickland’s office said it will not enter into a compact to allow the tribe to run a casino. And the deep-pocketed developer of the Columbus casino is unlikely to welcome a competitor just 30 miles away.



    Ohh… 36/37 & 71 already makes me sick without a casino. That exit doesn’t need more traffic and sprawl.

    Gotta love the Dispatch commenter telling the Delawares to go back to Oklahoma, though…



    Now that is just funny.

    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    Casino wannabees open up
    Posted by James Nash, Statehouse reporter
    June 4, 2010 10:40 AM

    Southwestern Ohio entrepreneurs and an Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that want to build a casino in Delaware County acknowledged their plans publicly for the first time this morning.

    River Trails LLC, the development company exploring the possibility of a casino off I-71 in Delaware County, broke its silence with a brief statement issued by publicist Kelly Arledge.

    READ MORE: http://blog.dispatch.com/dailybriefing/2010/06/casino_wannabees_open_up_1.shtml



    Proposed Delaware County casino could face hurdles
    Saturday, June 5, 2010

    Staff Writer

    An investor approached a Delaware County official about a large project last summer — an inquiry that now appears to be related to an Indian casino a company is considering building in the Sunbury area.

    Delaware County Economic Development Director Gus Comstock met a representative of an Ohio investment and development company about a project in that area, but a casino was never mentioned, Comstock said.

    River Trails, the company in question, has confirmed it is working with an Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe to bring a casino to Ohio. The company won’t say where it hopes to build the gaming center, but investors have told the tribe the preferred site is near the intersection of Interstate 71 and U.S. 36/Ohio 37.

    The Cincinnati-based company that pitched the project to the tribe, the Delaware Tribe of Indians, declined to be interviewed. However, in a brief statement e-mailed to the Gazette, River Trails defined talks about the casino project as “very preliminary.”

    “As the tribe owns no land in Ohio, it is extremely premature to speculate about possible locations for any (gaming) facility it may someday wish to operate in the state,” the River Trails company statement reads. “When and if the time is right to do that, we will proceed with a commitment to ensuring a fair and equitable resolution for all concerned parties, in particular the taxpayers of Ohio.”

    The casino, if constructed, would be the first tribal casino and possibly the first casino of any kind in the state. Voter-approved casinos are scheduled to open between 2012 and 2013 in Columbus and three other Ohio cities, but River Trails investors have indicated its tribal casino could be open sooner.

    News reports about the plan have left Delaware County officials scratching their heads. All three county commissioners said they have not been contacted about the casino proposal and still know little to nothing about it.

    Comstock, in June of 2009, communicated with Tom Dix, one of the investors behind the casino, and made arrangements to meet him, according to documents obtained through a public record request. Dix, a retired financial consultant who was born in Delaware County but now lives in southeastern Ohio, is one of several people with River Trails who have met the Delaware Tribe in Oklahoma to discuss the joint project.


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