Des Moines International Airport might get a $225-million casino
The casino is seen as a way to pay for expansion of the ever-growing air transportation hub
Being in an airport sometimes can bring situations in which long hours of waiting are faced, either if it is because of a flight cancellation or waiting for a connecting flight. Having a casino inside the airport to make time go by faster sounds like a great idea, and that’s the intention of Highview Development Group (HDG), which just presented a plan for a $225-million casino and hotel to be constructed at Des Moines International Airport. The project was presented on Tuesday to the Airport’s Authority board, and the idea is to bring cash flow to help cover a funding shortfall for the new terminal that’s in the current plans.
This proposal will be discussed by the board at February’s meeting, and this proposal comes with a hotel connected through a skywalk to the airport, with a total of 350 rooms. Some other appealing features are included such as a fountain, rock garden, restaurant and wedding banquet facilities. If approved, this project will be led by Reggie Sinha, head HDG, and Des Moines-based Wild Rose Entertainment, founded by entrepreneur Gary Kirke.
“It should be noted that Wild Rose is not the first nor the only casino organization approached by [Sinha] and his Highview consortium. The company supports and is part of his efforts to put forth a creative solution to generate a long-term, continuous funding stream for the airport’s much-needed improvements,” said a statement shared by Wild Rose.
The project still has a long way to go before being accepted. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would have to greenlight the casino, and it has been hesitant to allow new gambling facilities in the state due to its position that the market is already oversaturated.