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Casino Developer Prefers Brady Interchange

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Kehl development says a spot along I-80 near Brady street is preferable to one near I-280.

The CEO says a location near Brady has several advantages over the I-280 location.

A spot he says is too far away for a casino to flourish.

Kehl development group plans to build a $110 million casino with a hotel, theatre, and restaurants attached to it.

It will have 1,000 slot machines and 25 gaming tables.

The group will buy and operate the current Rhythm City Casino boat until the new facility is constructed, pending negotiations with the R.D.A, Davenport, and approval from the state gaming board.

The biggest advantage to a Brady street location is where the population is.

There are homes and businesses all around this area.

It also has water, sewer, and roads, already here.

Not so with a location at the I-80, I-280 interchange, which would need infrastructure extended to it.

It would also be an island among a sea of fields.

"I think that goes too far west, I don't think there's a lot of population out there, too far to drive, I think that hurts," says CEO Dan Kehl.

He doesn't want to build a casino at a disadvantage. He'll be giving his competitor a $51 million check for the current boat. He says a spot near Brady is his preferred choice.

"I like the north, south access, obviously the east, west access is good there, but I think the proximity to the population base is good in that area."

Water, sewer, and roads already exist too, unlike the I-280 location which would need those city services extended to it. Although second ward alderman Bill Edmond says the I-280 location could serve as a way to corral tourists in Davenport.

"We might be blocking people who choose to go down 280 to the south into Illinois if there's a casino right there that may stop them," says Edmond.

He says a Brady location would have some development restrictions, it's near the airport so height and lights may need to be addressed, but he's ok with a casino anywhere along I-80.

"No matter what ward the casino winds up being in, there's no monetary reward for that particular ward, it's a city wide thing."

Kehl says he has not finalized an exact location yet. There are still a few i's to dot and t's to cross, but he says he's not worried.

"There are several options out there, I'm not panicked about finding something."

Something that could have a new casino in a much different place than has been expected over the last several months.

Kehl development group owns two other casinos in Iowa.

One south of Iowa City and another in northwest Iowa.