The application is in, and they’re calling it Cedar Crossing Casino.
The casino investor group led by local businessmen Steve Gray and Drew Skogman has filed its formal application with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to obtain a state gaming license for a proposed $150-million-plus Cedar Crossing Casino with parking ramp across the Cedar River from downtown.
In the application, the Cedar Rapids investor group, which Gray said now includes more than 180 local investors, is emphasizing that the Cedar Crossing Casino will be a downtown, urban casino unlike most of the others, including the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort south of Iowa City.“Our urban concept is unique to Iowa and is truly different than most of the resort destinations in the state,” Gray said. “We also believe it truly fits the location and will prove to be an economic catalyst for Cedar Rapids.”
Mayor Ron Corbett on Monday spoke in similar fashion, saying the casino concept for Cedar Rapids is not like the “cornfield casinos” in much of the rest of the state that he said are surrounded by seas of asphalt.
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