INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Churchill Downs is one step closer to breaking ground on its planned casino in Terre Haute.

In a meeting Tuesday, the Indiana Gaming Commission listened to a presentation by Churchill Downs’ Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Jason Sauer and Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development Ryan Jordan on the company’s new intended location.

As a note, CDI did not need a formal approval of the new site proposal from the IGC.

In CDI’s original casino proposal to the IGC in 2021, the company included plans to build the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort on the city’s south west side near Haute City Center.

Sauer said during the presentation that CDI received letters of support from Vigo County Commissioners and Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett and those were shared with IGC members.

CDI executives said that feedback from the community along with internal discussions and planning led the company to shift its attention to the city’s east side.

The current proposal from CDI would build the casino, hotel and other amenities on approximately 50 acres of land off of E. Margaret Dr. in Terre Haute.

CDI has entered into definitive contracts for both parcels of land that make up the proposed location.

The change in location does not create changes for scope or scale of the project.

The land needed to be zoned from a agricultural property to a regional commerce district in order for CDI to build its casino.

Last week, the Terre Haute Area Planning Department gave a favorable recommendation for the company’s proposed location and the rezoning. Terre Haute City Council then voted unanimously, 8-0, to approve the location and its rezoning at its meeting on March 3.

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.

Jordan said he does not expect any pushback on the pending approvals.

According to Jordan, CDI is hoping to break ground on the Queen of Terre Haute as early as late May, with an opening date in late 2023.