Community eyes jobs, revenue from proposed casino

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of people attended a meeting Wednesday to weigh in on a long-discussed casino and hotel south of Muskegon.

When discussed at a community hearing three years ago, a majority of people in the area supported building the casino. On Wednesday, the feedback was much the same.

"It would enhance the great progress we've made in areas such as downtown Muskegon as we work to transform Muskegon into a destination to play, work and live," one Fruitport school board official said.

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians wants to build the resort at the former site of the Great Lakes Downs racetrack, which is off Harvey Road south of the US-31/I-96 interchange in Fruitport Township. Tribe officials say it have 69,000 square feet of gaming space and would create more than 1,100 jobs.

Dale Nesbary, president of Muskegon Community College, said that students from several of the school's programs, including graphic design and entrepreneurship, could greatly benefit from those jobs.

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