By Heartland News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Another hurdle was cleared Wednesday night in the process to bring a casino to Cape Girardeau, as preliminary plans were unveiled by Isle of Capri at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at City Hall.
The meeting began with Dick Meister, Isle of Capri's Vice President of Design and Construction, making a quick presentation, after which the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend a request by Isle of Capri to rezone the 23 acres of land in the 800 block of North Spanish Street.
It's taken several months of work to get to this point. "We're actually the last people in the process", said Planning and Zoning Chairman Bill Hinckley. "Our city engineering department has been working on it for 2-3 months."
Right now it's all about phase one which is the casino site itself.
Phase two, Meister said, would come several years down the road. That could include things like a hotel.
"We are making space for a future hotel, but have no time frame to build", said Meister. "We've stipulated Cape has more hotel rooms than it can fill. If occupancy rates go up, and if demand for a hotel on a casino site happens, then we'll consider one."
The planning and zoning process is far from over.
Isle of Capri will go back to the commission in two and a half weeks with final, more detailed plans.
If approved, it then goes to the city council in January.