Cripple Creek, a once thriving mining town in Colorado, has decided to redevelop Bronco Billy’s Casino in a bid to increase the city’ tax revenue by around $1.8 million. The plan has been approved by the Cripple Creek City Council despite protests by small groups around the city. Some feel that the new casino will harm the city’s historic aesthetic, but the Council decided to move forward with the plans nonetheless.
Director of Planning and Community Development, Bill Gray, has stated that the proposal was first submitted by the Last Vegas Operator and developer Full House Resorts, who have been part of the city’s ordinance code since the beginning of the 1990s, but have never taken use of it.
Full House CEO Dan Lee has told reporters that he believes the city has yet to reach its full potential, and that the new project should be completed by 2020. The aim of the project is to bring in a larger range of tourists to the city, and to keep them staying longer than in the past.
Although outcry has been heard against the design of the building, which many don’t believe fits in with the rest of the architecture, Lee believes that it will bring in a new, modern era of development that will benefit the entire town by making it much more appealing to tourists.
The structure is to be built in two phases, starting first with the large parking garage this year, and the rest of the building next year.
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