The group protesting a casino in the Arena District said Monday that it is prepared to throw support behind another casino location, if that part of town is open to the idea.
Stand Up Columbus has called on developer Penn National Gaming to consider other locations for its casino, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.
"Our (belief) is the Arena District is no place for a casino," said Lisa Griffen with Stand Up Columbus, "but that doesn't mean we're anti-casino."
Penn National is considering other potential locations, and Griffen's group is prepared to toss in its support.
"If any of the four sites are ultimately selected, and it includes community input and acceptance, then Stand Up Columbus would stand up with that neighborhood to bring the casino to Columbus," Griffen said.
The group said residents and businesses in the Hilltop have already called on it to help bring a casino to their area, Mallett reported.
"Even though on a moral issue I am opposed to a casino, as far as providing jobs, I think it would be a good thing," said west side resident Christine Mulk.
Of the four possible locations, two are located on the city's west side, including the old Westland Mall, located at West Broad Street and Interstate 70, and the nearby Delphi Corporation Plant, located on Georgesville Road.
Other mentioned sites include vacant Cooper Stadium in Franklinton, and a parcel of land on the city's north side, near Polaris Parkway and Interstate 71.
The Greater Hilltop Area Commission is prepared to take measures to get the casino if the community gives its support, Mallett reported.
The council will discuss the matter during a meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, located on Hague Avenue.
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