Ground Broken for Cape Girardeau Casino
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) -- Construction is under way on Missouri's newest casino. More than 100 people attended Thursday's groundbreaking for Isle of Capri's casino complex along the Mississippi River near downtown Cape Girardeau.
KFVS-TV reports phase one of the project includes a 137,000-square-foot building that will house the casino, banquet center, gift shop, restaurant and offices. Phase two will include a hotel, more parking and a small residential development. The $125 million project is expected to be completed late next year.
The Missouri Constitution provides for 13 casino licenses in the state, and one became available when the President Casino in St. Louis closed last year. The Missouri Gaming Commission granted Cape's project the license in December, choosing it over proposed casinos in St. Louis and the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek.