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Proposed D'Iberville casino aiming for summer groundbreaking

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Construction could start July 1st on the first casino in D'Iberville. The development company Land Holdings plans to build a 100,000 sq ft casino, two hotels, four restaurants, retail and parking garage east of I-110. Construction could start July 1st on the first casino in D'Iberville. The development company Land Holdings plans to build a 100,000 sq ft casino, two hotels, four restaurants, retail and parking garage east of I-110.
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

D'Iberville leaders say the odds are looking good that a new casino will be going up in their city sometime this summer. They expect to approve the master plan for a $375 million casino resort within the next month.

The project was initially called "CanCan Casino," but the development company wants to give it a new name and a Southern theme. There's a lot of optimism that D'Iberville's dream of having its first casino will soon come true. 

A new sign on the property announced: "We're Coming."  On Thursday, a group of men was surveying the 16-acre site, figuring out how to relocate the gas lines.

"It's not an easy process, but I'm glad to say we're finally at that point where we can break ground," said D'Iberville City Manager Michael Janus.

The proposed $375 million casino resort would stretch from Back Bay to Racetrack Road. Janus said the development company Land Holdings I has already invested $30 million to purchase the land, remove 13 structures, and pay for engineering, design, and legal costs.     

"Because of the 800 foot rule, the casino itself will be closer to the water," Janus explained.

Phase one includes a 100,000 square foot casino, a 500-room hotel, four restaurants, a spa, and 2,200 car parking garage.

"They also have a phase two that would go right on the heels of the initial phase, an additional 300 rooms and 100,000 square feet of retail space," said Janus. "So they've acquired the land that they need and they're moving forward and they're extremely excited."

Janus said the yet-to-be-named casino will create about 1,200 full time jobs and generate about six million in taxes a year for the city, county, and schools. City leaders have worked with Land Holdings for three years on this project and they are thrilled plans are finally on a roll. 

"It's been a great partnership and we're excited about it. It's going to help our budget. It's going to help with job creation and it's going to help really the Gulf Coast and the tourism market," said Janus.

The state Gaming Commission must still approve the project. If construction starts in July, the casino is expected to open in about 18 months.

Besides Land Holdings' property just east of I-110, D'Iberville has three other approved gaming sites.

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