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River City Casino to expand with $82 million project

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An artist's rendering of the River City Casino in Lemay. Pinnacle Entertainment has announced a $82 million expansion at the 18-month-old facility.

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The region's newest casino is barely 18 months old, but plans are already under way for its expansion.

Pinnacle Entertainment announced today that it plans to add a 200-room hotel and 10,000-square foot event center at the River City Casino in south St. Louis County. The $82 million project also  includes a parking garage with 1,700 spaces.

Construction is supposed to begin in the first three months of 2012, and be finished in the second half of 2013. The company expects the project to create 350 construction and 100 permanent jobs.

"The addition of a hotel, multi-purpose event center and covered parking highlights our commitment to distinguishing the property, will further elevate the level of leading guest amenities offered at River City, and benefits our efforts to grow our customer base in the market," said Neil Walkoff,  the Pinnacle executive responsible for the River City and Lumiere casinos, in a statement.

Pinnacle's press release here.

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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