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Casino Queen move brings more competitive features - 2005-12-12

"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 said. 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.Zemitzsch 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.

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Belleville News-Democrat | 10/15/2005 | New site on riverfront OK'd for Casino Queen

Following the 5-0 vote Friday in Chicago, casino spokesman Paul Zemitzsch was pleased to "clear the hurdle."The three-phase project's $150 million financing plans and barge design still must be approved by the board."The Casino Queen team is very excited," Zemitzsch said.Zemitzsch said that pending approval, the casino plans to break ground soon after the new year and open within 16 months.

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STLtoday - News - Metro East

"This has been a dream plan in the making for many years," said Casino Queen spokesman Paul Zemitzsch.

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