Commissioners hear plans for possible Rocksino in Terre Haute

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Vigo County Commissioners got a first look Tuesday at what a casino coming to the area could look like.

Earlier this month, the casino referendum passed in the Vigo County municipal election with a 63% vote.

Spectacle Jack, LLC, a subsidiary of Spectacle Entertainment, presented a Local Development Agreement on a proposed Hard Rock branded casino. Back in July, Spectacle Entertainment signed a letter of intent with Hard Rock Casino that included a possible Terre Haute location.

The Rocksino would be on 22 acres of land located at US 46 and I-70, near Holiday Inn Express and Home2 Suites. The approximately 100,000 sq. foot space would cost around $125 million to build and would bring as many as 600 new jobs to the area.

In the plan, the casino would bring in around $6 million in tax revenue, which would be managed by a board of directors.

“The agreement provides that the mayor of Terre Haute would appoint one member of the city council. President of the county commissioners would appoint one member of the county council. The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce president would appoint one person and then the casino would appoint two. The requirement is that all of them be registered voters in Vigo County,” said John Keeler of Spectacle Jack, LLC.

The Rocksino would include a sports betting, a entertainment theatre called the Velvet Lounge, and a buffet among other features.

The meeting for the vote was recessed until Monday when all commissioners could be present. Monday is also the deadline for applications for the open casino license in Vigo County.

Spectacle Jack, LLC plans to apply once the vote is official.

According to Commissioner Judy Anderson, the vote is a formality to show the county’s support for the casino.

“County commissioners are willing to show the gaming commission our total support for the casino and what it’s going to mean for the community,” Anderson said.

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