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Proposed casino planned if two ballot measures pass

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WOOD VILLAGE, OR (KPTV) -

A proposed casino is in the works for the city of Wood Village.

In order for it to happen, voters first have to approve two ballot measures this November.

Despite that, a Canadian based company is behind the potential casino and is showing off plans for what it could bring to Wood Village.

All this is a just a proposal and will only happen if those two ballot measures pass.

A similar ballot measure failed in 2010.

Developers are trying again and one company is already looking to improve the old Greyhound Race Track in Wood Village.

Under the proposed plan, developers would take an eyesore in town and turn it into an entertainment center.

The new $300 million facility would be known as "The Grange."

It would be a place that will include a water slide, bowling alley and several Oregon restaurants, along with a 130,000-square-foot casino.

"We're excited to be part of this project and be a statewide partner to build a better Oregon," said Jeff Parr with Clairvest Group.

The Canadian firm behind the project said it will bring thousands of jobs to Oregon.

The plan is to retransform the old Multnomah Kennel Club and make it a center point for the community.

"We have taken that approach with this new development, wanting to transform a celebrated destination that is now an abandoned building back into an entertainment destination for Oregon and visitors alike," said Parr.

Opponents of the plan say a casino in the area would shift spending from other Oregon entertainment and gambling enterprises.

They believe local businesses would lose out on new money.

However; organizers say everyone will benefit, including the 3,000 construction jobs it will bring, as well as the 2,000 permanent jobs required to run the place.

"This is exactly the type of economic development that we need to see come to town and put people back to work," said John Mollis with the Oregon Building and Trades Council.

Developers say they would reuse a lot of the material already at the old race track.

They also plan to recruit and use Oregon companies for materials, supplies and labor to build the private development.

The Grange is expected to generate $100 million a year that would benefit schools and other vital services.

FOX 12 political analyst Tim Hibbits said even though this failed two years ago, it will still be difficult to sell to voters this year and he says supporters would need to put a lot of money behind the campaign.

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