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Council OKs casino agreement

The Wood Village City Council on Tuesday night, Sept. 11, supported an agreement with developers of a proposed casino and entertainment complex that spells out the city’s expectations of the project.

Developers are looking to build the casino and entertainment complex at the former Multnomah Kennel Club, a dog-racing track, on Northeast 223rd Avenue. Known as The Grange, the casino and entertainment complex would be 300,000 square feet and include 2,200 slot machines and 100 table games, shops, a hotel, movie theaters, a bowling alley, a water park and other amenities.

The non-binding memorandum of understanding says Wood Village has the authority to deny the project if it does not comply with zoning and land-use guidelines, or include the amenities as proposed.

The casino project is dependent on approval of two statewide measures and a local city measure in the November election in order for it to proceed.

Jeff Parr, director of PDX Entertainment, a company financing the project with $300 million, said in a statement that the project would be built within two to three years after passage of the measures.

For more information on the project, visit thegrangeoregon.com.

Information on opposition to the project can be found at stillbadfororegon.org.