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Indiana Casino Moving Away From Site Near Federal Prison Execution Chamber

Casino Also Had Been Originally Planned Adjacent To A Sewage Plant


An Indiana casino plan will apparently get a lot less dystopian.

Indiana casino gaming regulators on Tuesday approved a new plan for a casino in Terre Haute, allowing the company developing the property to move the site to a new location.

According to The Courier-Times, the Indiana Gaming Commission issued approval to a Churchill Downs affiliate to move its planned retail casino in Terre Haute from a “potentially unappealing” site on the west side of town to what is considered a more favorable location on the east side near Interstate-70.

Apparently the previous casino site was a bit too bleak.

Per the report: “It originally was going to be located near the Illinois state line on 20.9 acres of undeveloped land between the Wabash River and the Haute City Center mall, adjacent to a sewage treatment plant and within sight of the execution chamber at the nearby federal prison.”

The gambling property is expected to open late next year. It will be called Queen of Terre Haute, and it comes with a $240 million development price tag. The gaming floor is expected to house about 1,000 slots and 50 table games.

In addition, a sportsbook is planned. There isn’t a plan for a poker room.

The new casino in Terre Haute was approved by legislation in 2019 that also legalized online and retail sports betting in the Hoosier State.

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