Work continues on Pinnacle's Baton Rouge casino
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First low water levels in the Mississippi River stopped Pinnacle Entertainment from installing the hulls for its L'Auberge Baton Rouge casino. Then the threat of flooding from high water caused further delays.
The delays forced Pinnacle to seek the state Gaming Control Board's permission to extend the construction deadline to July 31. The board granted that request in September.
Pinnacle officials now say the $357 million casino and hotel complex is on schedule for completion in late summer.
Spokesman Jeff Wright tells The Advocate the first floor of the parking garage has been poured, and the exterior walls were poured Friday.
Pinnacle officials say the project will create more than 1,000 permanent jobs, and the company expects to begin hiring during the first three months of 2012.