Village Board In Homewood Greenlights New Casino And Luxury Hotel
The village board in south suburban Homewood has given the green light for a new casino and luxury hotel.
The approval comes as big news for the plans hotel and casino, which will sit in a 64,000 square foot area. The pro-proposed location is around I-80 near Halsted Street and 175th Street which is between East Hazel Crest and Homewood.
The casino is expected to gain around 155 million dollars a year, and a small percentage will be split among East Hazel Crest, Homewood, and other suburban municipalities.
“We believe that whenever we come into an area that everybody wins,” said Arthur Mothershed, vice president of business development for Wind Creek Hospitality
General Concern For Residents
Following the news that the casino and luxury hotel have received green light for construction, some residents spoke about their displeasure about the deal:
“We’re not anticipating hiring a whole new police force over this, and the other agencies are not seeing a major uptick in crime when they first opened there,” said Homewood Police Chief William Alcott
Another meeting will be held soon, and the East Hazel Crest village officials would put the proposal into consideration.
If the project gets the final approval from the village board, Wind Creek Hospitality will be able to submit an application to the Illinois Gaming Board on or before the October 28 deadline. Wind Creek currently operates casinos in Nevada, Florida, and Alabama.
When it gets into full operation, the casino is lined up to create more than 800 full-time jobs.