D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The new Can-Can casino is still on track to break ground in D'Iberville at the beginning of 2011. The D'Iberville City Council held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to track progress of the project. At the meeting, the city manager discussed the developer's need for a couple more parcels of land to get this economic engine started.
At El Bosque Mexican Restaurant in downtown D'Iberville, manager Lilian Perez, says she's ready for growth.
"I want to see something happen for D'Iberville on this side of town," Perez said.
Perez said evening traffic into downtown D'Iberville and her restaurant slows down. That's why she said the proposed Can-Can casino would deal a winning hand to downtown businesses.
"I think it could inject new blood for everyone and tourism. Especially with the oil spill, we need something to draw people here," Perez said.
The $550 million project would include a casino, hotel and French village, complete with retail and restaurants.
"There are still a couple more parcels of land that developers are looking at acquiring to enlarge the scope of the project," City Manager Michael Janus said.
According to Janus, no homes sit on the land the developer wants to acquire. The developer wants to add a couple of acres to the 23 it currently has. It's land, according to Janus, that's been under consideration from the beginning.
Perez supports the project but said she's ready to see the plans turn into progress and profits for downtown.
"I'll be a believer when the door is open, and I'm invited to the grand opening. That's when I'll start believing."
Janus said the French Village development and casino tie in with the city's French Market project downtown. The long-term goal is to make the village an extension of the market in the downtown area.