$250 million casino planned for Cedar Rapids; governor weighs ban

The ancient Cooper's Mill property along the Cedar River in downtown's northwest quarter is suggested for a casino, authorities told Iowa's News Now.

The dilapidated hotel will be replaced with a $250 million gambling complex.
The new location will not have a big entertainment complex centred by Backpocket Brewery.

Any new casino would be included into flood protection measures for northwest Cedar Rapids. "Our idea offers entertainment, employment, economic growth, and flood protection.

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment CEO Jonathan Swain told The Gazette the Cedar Crossing team's commitment to Cedar Rapids and Linn County "isn't faltering at all"

We look forward to bringing Cedar Crossing's advantages to NGOs, employment, and economic opportunities to fruition. Let's go, whatever happens."

Last week, Iowa's News Now talked with Governor Reynolds about the law. She wouldn't say whether she would sign or veto it, saying her staff is still reviewing it and seeking comments.