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Group makes another push for privately owned casino in Wood Village

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Rendering of proposed casino in Wood Village called The Grange in 2012 (KPTV file image) Rendering of proposed casino in Wood Village called The Grange in 2012 (KPTV file image)
WOOD VILLAGE, OR (KPTV) -

A group hoping to put a privately owned casino in Wood Village has reached an option agreement on a 33-acre piece of property.

R & S Strategy Group announced Friday it had an agreement with the owners of Gresham Transfer just north of Interstate 84 at the Wood Village exit.

Matt Rossman and Bruce Studer of R & S Strategy Group said they have met with Wood Village city leaders and have the support of Mayor Patricia Smith in developing a casino resort.

A release from Rossman and Studer – citing the development of the Ilani Casino in La Center, Washington, which is scheduled to open next spring – states, "Oregon and tribes can no longer ignore the major economic impact from a competing casino that will attract over 70 percent of its customer base from the Portland-metro area."

Voters defeated ballot measures in 2010 and 2012 that would have allowed the state's first non-tribal casino to open in Wood Village.

Supporters suspended their campaign a month before the election in 2012.

The 2012 proposal was for a casino called The Grange at the site of the former Multnomah Greyhound Park. That property is now owned by The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, which owns Spirit Mountain Casino.

The tribe has not announced official plans for the site, but tribal leaders have discussed a hotel.

The release from R & S Strategy Group did not indicate a timeline for attempting to put the issue on the ballot again. 

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