Council eyes approval of pact for casino road
July 13, 2005 - Final approval of legislation that would allow construction to begin on a four-lane road to a new casino in Lemay was scheduled to be considered earlier this week by the County Council.
The County Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday night — after the Call went to press.
The legislation would enter the county into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement allowing construction to begin on the access road that will follow the southern side of the River Des Peres, linking Inter-state 55 to the future site of the casino at the north end of the former National Lead site.
County Council Chairman John Campisi, R-south county, introduced the legislation June 28 after County Executive Charlie Dooley recommended the council enter into the agreement. The council voted 5-2 last week to give initial approval to the legislation. Vice Chairman Kurt Odenwald, R-Shrewsbury, and Councilman Greg Quinn, R-west county, were opposed.
The legislation would enter the county and the St. Louis County Port Authority into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the city of St. Louis, the Land Reutilization Authority of the city of St. Louis, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sew-er District and Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. for the construction and maintenance of the road.
Pinnacle will fund the construction of the access road, which will be maintained by St. Louis County.
Pinnacle plans to build a $300 million entertainment complex on 56 acres leased from the St. Louis County Port Authority.
It will include a 30,000-slot casino, restaurants, retails shops, a movie theater, a hatch-shell amphitheater, an ice-skating rink, a bowling alley and a 100-room luxury hotel.
The Missouri Gaming Commission in May approved Pinnacle's request for a permanent dock at the site, as well as preliminary approval of the proposed design of the complex.
The company also will develop a 24-acre public park, which would include a water park and a community center that will be joined with Lemay County Park.