Beloit casino review still in the cards
BELOIT--An environmental impact statement for the proposed Beloit casino is not expected to cause a delay in the casino’s two-year application review by the federal government, officials said.
Just south of the border, however, a proposed Rockford, Ill., casino still awaits a legislative green light.
The Ho-Chunk in spring 2012 submitted its application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the off-reservation project in Beloit. The application review typically takes up to two years, and the Wisconsin governor has the final say on approval of the project.
Members of the public can give input on the environmental impact of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s proposed Beloit casino during a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday at Aldrich Middle School. The hearing is part of the bureau review process to identify physical issues related to the environment or traffic that should be evaluated, Beloit City Manager Larry Arft said.
The bureau is reviewing the nation’s application to transfer 33 acres along Interstate 90/39 to trust land and build a casino, hotel and other supporting facilities.
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