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Pinnacle receives approval to change plan for BR casino

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Posted: Oct 21, 2010 6:04 PM by Heather Harel, Michael Shingleton
Updated: Oct 21, 2010 6:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Pinnacle, Entertainment, approval, Louisiana, Gaming, Control, Board, design, plan, casino, Baton Rouge, deadline, budget, increase

Pinnacle Entertainment received approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to change the design plan for its Baton Rouge casino.

As News 2’s Michael Shingleton found out, crews have been working non-stop at the Pinnacle site on River Road for the past two months, making sure they meet their deadline.

The Board approved a budget increase of $107 million, along with some design changes. The most recent changes to the casino include: an additional 100 hotel rooms, bringing the total to 200; an 800-car garage; and now, over 1,800 gaming machines, which could be more, depending on space.

Jack Godfrey, Vice President of Pinnacle Entertainment, said he believes the project is going to be much more customer-friendly and something the citizens of Baton Rouge will be very happy with.

However, the project could stall if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. The three barges, still under construction, are set to be delivered by the beginning of next year. They could be one of the deciding factors for reaching the completion date, but they can’t be set into place if the river is too low.

The company broke ground on the complex back in August. The project was initially delayed because of the downturn in the economy.

Pinnacle leaders have no plans to tweak the designs again. If they do, they would have to get approval again from the Board.

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