TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — There are few steps remaining for the Churchill Downs organization’s goal of building the Queen of Terre Haute Casino after meeting with the Vigo County Commissioners Tuesday.
A local development agreement was approved during the Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday morning. The agreement links the county and The Queen of Terre Haute Foundation in their efforts to build and maintain the casino. The agreement is also a requirement of the Indiana Gaming Commission to grant a license.
As part of the agreement, the county will not adopt any ordinance or resolution supporting or encouraging any other gaming entities during the term. The county also will oppose or lobby against any increase or reallocation of applicable gaming tax levied upon the casino, or other legislation that could have a direct or indirect adverse impact on the Casino and its support facilities.
One element still up for approval is the height of the casino. CDI wants to build to a height of 150 feet, while the current limit in the city is 125 feet. That height variance change will be discussed at a March 17 meeting.
The two land parcels will also need to be changed into one subdivision plot.
The FAA will also need to approve the casino plan due to its close proximity to the Terre Haute Regional Airport. Jordan said that the outside range of that approval would be May 9.