Local non-profit wants to be involved with Horseshoe Casino

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The sounds of a construction zone are filling Broadway Commons as developers move forward on the Cincinnati Horseshoe Casino.

The project was delayed in May by Ohio Gov. John Kasich over the state tax revenue system. The casino is expected to open in the Spring of 2013, giving the civic group Bridging Broadway more than 18 months to complete its goal.

Started in 2010, Bridging Broadway is a non-profit organization looking to create more opportunities for neighborhoods and businesses near the casino.

FOX 19 spoke with founder and president Stephen Samuels about the idea behind Bringing Broadway. "We're looking to see how [the casino] will impact the surrounding five neighborhoods," said Samuels.

Bridging Broadway is hosting an informational meeting tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Arnold's Bar and Grill to release the results of a district study of a 1/2 mile radius surrounding the casino.

The meeting will be about setting priorities with input from local residents, business owners and stakeholders. The first two actions steps:

  • Creating a community-based management entity, comprised of local stakeholders who represent community interests and the Horseshoe Casino, to collaborate, forward-plan, and resolve issues that may emerge during the operation of the casino.
  • Dedicating a portion of the City's annual casino tax revenue for improvements and programs in the neighborhoods directly around the Horseshoe Casino site.

For more information, go to http://bridgingbroadway.com/.

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