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Boyd may build casino in Henderson

19 May 2008

HENDERSON, Nevada -- After losing at least one opportunity to build a suburban casino some years back, Boyd Gaming Corp. is close to signing a contract to build a casino as part of a proposed master-planned community to be built at a former industrial site in Henderson.

Land owner Landwell Co. is cleaning up the site, contaminated years ago by industrial waste from a nearby weapons plant.

Boyd spokesman Rob Stillwell declined to comment.

Under the arrangement, Boyd would purchase of 42 acres on the east side of Boulder Highway between Water Street and Warm Springs Road, building a casino there and demolishing its nearby casino Jokers Wild.

Boyd has been hamstrung by a 1997 state law that sets high hurdles for suburban casinos by requiring that they be built as part of master-planned communities or be a certain distance from homes, schools and churches.

Residents in the Spring Valley neighborhood used the law to kill a proposed Boyd casino in 2000 and the company's proposed casino in North Las Vegas' Park Highlands community, under way at the Las Vegas Valley and Losee Road, isn't certain because it needs zoning from the City Council and faces some opposition from the competition.