By: Christine Souders
Looks like it's down to two, in the bid for who will build a new casino in Davenport.
After crunching the numbers, the City's Consultant Gary Buettner announced Atrium Holdings, the developer who planned to spruce up the Radisson is out of the picture.
City leaders said money talks.
"Two numbers that mean something, $91 million, and $67 million," said Bill Edmond, 2nd Ward Alderman.
Those numbers, Ingenus estimates will be the net worth for each of their two casinos'. One on Interstate I–80, and a boutique casino in Downtown Davenport. A resident we talked to at the meeting agreed.
"It's a no brainer because it satisfies the people downtown that want to gamble downtown, but also maximize the return on the return on the money when it goes out to the interstate," said Bruce Werning, who lives in Davenport.
But don't cut out Restoration Saint Louis, because they are still going strong with its plans to turn an entire block between Brady and Main into a hotel/casino combo.
"I would not be able to say, yes to either or, because I just want to sleep on it," said Sheilia Burrage, 5th Ward Alderman.
The deadline to submit the application to the Racing and Gaming Commission is February 21st, but city leaders said they want to really take a hard look at both developers before making a final decision.
"It's a major decision and we want to make sure it's done right, and everybody has the input and feels good about it," said Mayor Bill Gluba.
Mayor Gluba said he will likely call a special meeting next week to choose a developer, otherwise it will take another 3 weeks until the next city council meeting.