Poll: Is Casino Project Right for Urbandale, Des Moines Metro?
The location for the proposed casino is close to Johnston's Horizon Elementary School.
The possibility of a casino in Urbandale is currently the talk of the town.
But making that casino a reality will depend entirely on the community's perception.
On Friday, developers Gary Kirke of West Des Moines and Mike Richards filed a request that could lead to the development of a casino, hotel and other amenities at the intersection of 100th Street and Northwest 54th Avenue in Urbandale.
The land, on the southwest corner of the intersection, is owned by Frampton Farms Inc., according to the Des Moines Business Record. The property is entirely in Urbandale, although the city limits of both Johnston and Grimes are north of Northwest 54th Avenue.
The proposed location is less than a mile from Johnston's Horizon Elementary School.
Prairie Meadows is about 15 miles to the east in Altoona along Interstate 80.
Brian J. Ohrilko, administrator for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission told the Business Record he believes Polk County would have to have a referendum to approve another casino before the state took any action to approve a license.
While the proposal states the addition would create jobs, is the project right for Urbandale and Johnston?
The plans are expected to be seen by the Urbandale Planning & Zoning Commission on Oct. 8