Casino Bay City?
By Earl
The Associated Press reports that developers have pitched the prospect of a “riverfront casino as the centerpiece of redevelopment in the city” to the City Commission. Michigan law currently does not allow casinos which are not operated by Indian tribes (except in Detroit). Dore Development of Bay City, and Burton-Katzman Development, of Bingham Farms, the developers, would like an exception made, too, for Bay City. They propose a “hotel, market, stores, marina, plaza, condominiums and lighthouse on land now occupied by a stone-piling company.” They have over $200 million to invest.

A third developer, Continental Real Estate Companies and Metropolitan Partners of Columbus, Ohio, will also address the City Commission on Oct. 14 with their own plans for redevelopment through a new casino.

The AP reports that most commission members were undecided about a possible casino. Commissioner Mary Bleau is concerned that “... a casino would receive all the tourism money, leaving none for other downtown businesses,” according to the AP. 'What business will this bring to the rest of the community?' she asked.

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