Existing casinos concerned about proposed South Bend casino

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By: Associated Press

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) – Casinos in northwest Indiana are concerned about what a proposal by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians to build a casino in South Bend will mean for their businesses, which already are seeing a downturn.

David Strow, the Las Vegas-based corporate communications director for Boyd Gaming Corp., the parent company of the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, told The Times of Munster that a new casino in South Bend would add capacity to an already saturated market.

The federal Bureau of Indiana Affairs will hold a public hearing on April 14 in South Bend on a draft impact statement that says a proposed $480 million tribal village and casino would have no significant environmental effect aside from traffic.

The tribe already operates three casinos in Michigan.