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$500 Million Casino Center Planned

5 June 1997

DETROIT -- Detroit businessman and the city's only casino owner, Don H. Barden, revealed his plans today for the construction of a $500 million destination type development to be called the "Motor City Center."

The project will be located within 75 acres of land controlled by Barden west of the U.S. Post Office on Fort Street, only a mile from the Cobo Convention Center. Barden is requesting of the City Planning Commission to have this approximately 134-acre area designated as a gaming enterprise district.

The Las Vegas-style development will feature a monorail connection to Cobo Convention Center and tie into the People Mover. The plan includes parking for 5,000 cars and buses, as well as shuttle service to and from other major Detroit area attractions. Well-known architect F. Neal Gaskin & Associates, the architect for New York New York and Monte Carlo Casinos in Las Vegas, is on the Barden design team to create a world-class hotel/casino complex that will enhance the attraction of Detroit for tourism and conventions.

Other features of Motor City Center will include a boxing and training center, theme restaurants and a 100,000-square-foot casino. Barden also indicated that the Motor City Center has adequate existing structures to house a temporary casino that he can have operational within six (6) months after being selected by the city to receive a license.

Barden owns and operates the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana, 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.

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