HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 21Little River Band Breaks Ground on Renovation

On Monday, June 15, 2015, the Little River Casino Resort, located in Manistee, broke ground for its $18M casino expansion and renovation project to include renovation of the gaming floor, new pool and spa.

Construction is set to begin this month and be completed by the spring of 2016. The casino will remain open during construction.

Notably, on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (“LRBOI” or “Tribe”) announced that it has filed an application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) regional office to take land into trust for a proposed casino and economic development project to be located on 60 acres of the former Great Lakes Downs racetrack site in Fruitport Township.

According to the LRBOI, it would invest $180 million to build a new casino and economic development project. The project is expected to generate more than 1,200 new jobs in Muskegon County.

The Great Lakes Downs racetrack opened in 1999 and closed in 2007. The LRBOI purchased the property in 2008 with plans to build a casino and economic development project. As proposed, the project would include approximately 69,000 square feet of gaming floor space; 1,700 slot machines; 35 table games; 220-room hotel; conference and meeting room space; and dining and entertainment options.

The LRBOI opened the Little River Casino Resort in 1999 in Manistee. For more information about the Tribe, visit http://www.lrboi-nsn.gov/.


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