HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 24Issue 19LANSING MAYOR STATES THAT LANSING CASINO HAS BECOME A MOOT ISSUE

In separate interviews with WLNS TV and Michigan Public Radio, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor clearly indicated that he is ready to move on from the ongoing effort to bring a casino to downtown Lansing.  The federal government has not approved the Tribe’s land in trust application for the parcel in question which is located next to Lansing’s convention center. The current agreement the City has with the Tribe ends at the end of this year.

“I’m always willing to have the conversation with them,” Mayor Schor told Michigan Public Radio. “But at this point, it’s moot.  Because the federal government has said no to any casino in Lansing.”

"I've never been shy about the fact that I’m not excited to have it in the downtown,” Mayor Schor said to WLNS.  “I would like to have the dollars and things produced from a casino, that go to our students and Lansing schools, but I think there might be other locations that are better suited for it but at this point, it doesn't matter because the federal government said ‘no’ and that's the answer we have right now.”

Tribal officials indicated that they are still pursuing the project, and the under the applicable law a new location could be selected if it becomes necessary.

 

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