The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has released a draft environmental impact statement for a proposed $480 million casino project in northern Indiana. The plan, being pursued by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, calls for a casino, hotel and tribal housing on a 166-acre site in South Bend. The study suggests the project would lead to 2,000 permanent jobs and nearly 1,500 construction jobs.

Details include a 18-story hotel attached to a casino. The lodging could employ 150 workers.

Plans also call for 44 units of housing and a community center.

It would take two years to build.

The study also proposes two alternatives: One in Elkhart with a similar hotel/casino plan and one at a different site in South Bend that would forgo the casino and instead include a travel plaza, family entertainment center and retail outlet space.

The band has set up a website detailing progress of the project, including an executive summary of the study.

The site says the band is scheduled to hold a public meeting April 14 at the South Bend Century Center to take feedback on the draft environmental impact statement.

You can connect to the Bureau of Indian Affairs document by clicking here.

Sources: Inside INdiana Business, The Bureau of Indian Affairs and The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

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