The ground was ready to be broken on the Horseshoe Casino this month, but a temporary restraining order has now put that on hold.
It seems that neighbors are concerned about possible chemical contamination from companies near Russell Street – including American Cyanamid, which had used the planned casino site for years.
An attorney for the opponents said that construction equipment and personnel had already begun work on the new development, according to WBAL.com.
Westport residents are now seeking additional details about mitigation efforts before construction begins for the Horseshoe Casino, which is set to open by the middle of 2013.
The new establishment will have over 3,700 slot machines, table games, and a world class poker room. Analysts predict an annual cashflow of $11 million per year to the city’s treasury.
Developers for the new facility are also promising over 1,600 permanent jobs.
This isn’t the first time the construction has hit a snag. The plans were put on hold, when architecture issues arose over the 4,000-vehicle parking garage some feared would take over the downtown skyline.