"A boat in a moat is a casino built upon barges that literally float in a tank of water on land," said Paul Zemitzsch, Casino Queen spokesman.
"There is no movement, and the 'seams' between land and water are indecipherable."
The second and third phases of the project, estimated at $100 million, would include more restaurants, more hotel rooms, a new entertainment facility and a parking garage, Zemitzsch
Phase one is expected to get under way at the end of the first quarter of 2006, he
said, and be completed by June 2007.Completion dates for phases two and three have not been estimated yet.The architect for the project is The Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas
.A contractor has not been selected.
Driving the undertaking, Zemitzsch
said, is the need to stay competitive with the Missouri side of the bistate market.
"Harrah's and Ameristar are already boats in a moat, and so will Pinnacle be on the St. Louis riverfront," he
said that in the past decade, the casino, which employs about 1,150 people, has paid more than $102 million to the city of East St. Louis in gaming taxes and admission fees and an additional $9 million in property taxes.