Pinnacle Entertainment will meet with state gaming officials Feb. 9 for a status report on the planned $250 million casino resort on River Road.
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#1 Jan 31, 2009
I wondered what prompted the press release. Then I found it.
Preparations for massive Pinnacle Resort project appear stopped
Posted: Jan 25, 2009 12:37 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2009 05:35 AM
By George Sells
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB)- A top official of Pinnacle Casinos refused to comment on a report that virtually all local preparations for a massive resort project on the Mississippi River have stopped.
The first phase alone was supposed to cost $250 million. It would include a riverboat, 1500 slot machines, and a 100-room hotel.
As of Friday, all that could be seen was an open field with the first signs of green grass of the coming spring. Downed trees from Hurricane Gustav lay untouched by cleanup crews. Pinnacle has not filed for a single building permit.
Its enormous site, located just a few miles south of Tiger Stadium along Gardere Lane, still has to get a rezoning ordinance. The only sign that Pinnacle is doing anything is from the care it gives to a house that it paid $2 million for from Baton Rouge lawyer Karl Koch.
Koch got a promise from Pinnacle that it would not tear the house down because of its age. It's one of the oldest, if not the oldest, remaining standing houses in Louisiana. It was built in 1790. Pinnacle may want to turn it into a club house for the new golf course.
"We're not really prepared to address that right now," said Jack Godfrey with Pinnacle, when asked about the inactivity.
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