Several parts of the city have been mentioned as possible alternative sites for a Columbus casino, but one of those locations wants its name taken off the list.
Officials with ties to the Polaris area said Monday that they were not interested in seeing a casino built there, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
Trustees in Genoa Township, which is located adjacent to Polaris, have sent a letter to the City of Columbus, voicing opposition to a casino.
"We do not believe the Polaris area is an appropriate fit for this casino," said Rick Carfagna, Genoa Township trustee.
Carfagna and others cite traffic as one of the reasons why a casino in the area would be a bad idea.
"When the (Polaris) amphitheater was there, we had enough problems with the noise and the traffic," Carfagna said, but at least that was on a seasonal basis.
"With the casino, you're talking about traffic now on a year-round basis, probably on a 24-hour basis. It's just going to cause a whole host of problems."
Officials in nearby Westerville and Orange Township have also voiced opposition to a casino at Polaris.
Some with knowledge of discussions with casino developer Penn National said Monday that a decision on a casino site could come by the middle part of the week, McEntyre reported.
While voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that allows a casino in the Arena District, Cooper Stadium, the old Delphi Plant, Westland Mall and Scioto Downs have all been mentioned as other possibilities.
Once a casino site is selected, legislation will be introduced in both the Ohio House and Senate calling for a change in location. Both will hold three public hearings.
The House and Senate will vote on the legislation, requiring a 60 percent favorable vote by both.
Once the votes are completed, the Ohio Secretary of State must verify the results.
It all must be completed by Feb. 3 to be placed on the May 4 statewide ballot.
The new location would then need to be approved by voters, in order to move the casino location from the Arena District.
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