Cedar Rapids casino

This “character sketch” shows what the proposed Cedar Rapids casino will resemble. The sketch shows that the casino with parking ramp will sit in a one-by-two-block area, which Cedar Rapids casino investor Steve Gray says will be between First and Second avenues SW and First and Third streets SW across the Cedar River from downtown. The casino will face the river, with the ramp behind it. The investors also want to purchase land between First Avenue West and Interstate 380 for green space and future expansion, Gray said. (Ryan Companies US Inc.)

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) --- The board that regulates gambling in Iowa is discussing a proposal to build a $100 million casino in Cedar Rapids today.

The five-member Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission must decide if it is ready to authorize another casino, adding to the 18 already licensed by the state to operate. The state also has three Native American casinos not regulated by the board.

The Cedar Rapids proposal is on the agenda for the commission's meeting Thursday at Lakeside Hotel Casino in Osceola

Linn County voters approved a gambling referendum in March.

The board also is discussing a Davenport group's plan to buy the Rhythm City casino located near the Mississippi River. The group proposes moving the gambling operation to a new $110 million casino-hotel complex that would be built near Interstate 80.

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