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IRGC to hear from public Tuesday about possible Cedar Rapids casino

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Pictured upper left: Wild Rose, upper right: Cedar Crossing Central,  bottom: Cedar Crossing on the River Pictured upper left: Wild Rose, upper right: Cedar Crossing Central, bottom: Cedar Crossing on the River
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC)  will tour three proposed casino sites as well as hear from the public Tuesday in Cedar Rapids. 

Wild Rose is the smallest of the three proposed plans at just 25,000 square feet. 

It would be a boutique style casino offering 500-700 slot machines and 10-20 tables.

Wild Rose would be built along 1st Avenue on the opposite side of the street from the DoubleTree hotel. 

Another option on the table is Cedar Crossing Central. 

It would be built right next door to the U.S. Cellular Center in a space that is currently a parking ramp. 

The 55,000 square foot casino is being developed by the Cedar Rapids Development Group and Peninsula Pacific.

They recently hosted Bret Michaels at the U.S. Cellular Center to show what type of entertainment they could bring by being next door. 
Cedar Crossing Central would have 550 slots and 15 tables. 

Another pitch by the same developers would sit along the river downtown and be called Cedar Crossing on the  River. 

It's by far the largest proposal at 171,000 square feet offering more than 800 slots, 30 tables and it would include a 400 seat venue for entertainment. 

The public comment session tomorrow will start at 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the DoubleTree Convention Complex.

Those who wish to speak are asked to sign up at the beginning of the meeting. 

The city council is only supporting the larger two proposals because they say Wild Rose would be investing much less money downtown and would bring in less revenue. 

Cedar Crossing Central is a $106.4 million investment, Cedar Crossing on the River is a $169.2 million investment and Wild Rose is a $42.3 million investment. 

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