Casino In Minneapolis’ Block E? New Owner Exploring Idea

By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The new owner of Block E in downtown Minneapolis is taking a gamble.

Minneapolis-based Alatus Corporation says it’s considering a retail center plus a luxury casino for the spot.

“Suggestions for the site have included restaurant, retail and entertainment options as well as a limited-footprint, sophisticated, best-in-class gaming component similar in style and experience to the Bellagio or Wynn,” the corporation said in a statement.

However, a project like this won’t happen overnight. It’s complicated and needs the Minnesota Legislature’s approval and possibly a change to the constitution.

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  1. Mr T says:

    Oh great, another way to rip the money from the working class.

    1. Chantelle Knick says:

      Wow. I’m pretty sure that giving your money to the casino is voluntary, not necessary, and what do the words “luxury casino” and “working class” have in common? Nothing….it’s not us they’d be building it for.

    2. Joe says:

      ur an idiot and dont know what ur talking about

  2. Labman says:

    That’s all we need–we already have gambling facilities in Minnesota. No one has complained that they can’t get enough gambling.

    1. Chantelle Knick says:

      What difference does it make? It would create jobs and revenue for the city, which means potentially more jobs.

  3. Victim du jour says:

    Today I went to the grocery store and they were out of my favorite flavor of lean pockets.

    1. Chantelle Knick says:

      Casino flavored? They’re always running out of those…try the slot pockets instead. :)

    2. John Barber says:

      I guess that means you have nothing to stuff your stupid face with.

  4. Joe says:

    Opening a casino that is ran by the state would be a brilliant idea. All the other casinos are ran by the indians and they take all the profit. A state ran casino could help raise a lot of money for the state. It is the peoples decision to gamble their money.

    1. Joe Mama says:

      Here’s another clueless, know-it-all amercan!! They do NOT take all the profit; they have to payoff the state to have the casinos.

  5. randy says:

    There are already 2 non Indian gambling establishments in Minnesota… Some people speak when they have no idea what is going on. Canterbury would get slots before they would ever allow for this to open with slots.

    1. The gambler says:

      Randy- you are right, some people speak without having any idea what they are talking about. There are ZERO state run gambling facilities. Joe is saying that a STATE run casino would generate money for the state, and he is correct. I hope this happens.

  6. CHUCK says:

    EITHER MYSTIC LAKE STARTS PAYING 10-20 PERCENT TO THE STATE OR WE GET STATE RUN CASINOS. IT’S OUR MONEY HELP PAY TAXES AND STADIUMS!!! NO CRIES 80 PERCENT IS PLENTY OF MONEY!!!!

    1. abouTime says:

      I will 2nd that, and 3rd, & 4th, & 5th………….

    2. The gambler says:

      thanks for saying what we are all thinking Chuck

    3. You Lose says:

      Now you know how it feels to get the short end of the stick, chucky, No sympathy here. Take your payback like a man a stop whining.

  7. Donovan S says:

    Something to clean up that area from all the trash that hangs out there! That spot is a sore area for Minneapolis. I would welcome any “new” idea which would keep all the drug dealers and hood rats away from the area.

  8. Minnesotan says:

    Build a stadium on the spot. Let the Vikings play in it 18 games a year.

  9. Chris K says:

    About time. No one forces anyone to gamble and currently Block E is more like Block Empty. It would be a way to create jobs & fund a Vikings stadium while helping downtown. Now if we could only end marijuana prohibition…

  10. Nancy Aleshire says:

    The only way this would work would be if you could deal with the crime issue first. This area is so high crime now that my son will not go downtown. Can you imagine what the “gang trash” and drug dealing problem would be like if people would be walking around with lots of money won at the casinos. This would be as bad as putting a bar or a liquor store near a rehab facility.

  11. Sharon Kinard says:

    I like it! Although I am not a casino goer, I think this idea would create new revenue, and its about time we take advantage of the gambling money that is spent at Minnesota Indian casinos and places like Las Vegas. Can you imagine what a year around attraction downtown Minneapolis would be. Also it would add to Target Center, Target Field, and possibly a great reason to build a new Vikings Stadium downtown. We have the light rail and the commuter trains already in operation to transport people from around the Twin
    Cities, suburbs, airport, and MOA. PERFECT!

  12. Jone says:

    I agree with Chuck – all the current Minnesota casinos should contribute to the state tax or the state should add their own. BUT….follow the $. Our lawmakers will have to vote……Native American casinos contribute tons of $ to our lawmakers…..lets hope taxpayers will finally be able to figure this out!

    1. You're Wrong says:

      Native also pay the state a portion of what comes into the casinos, but it’s still won’t matter as most Natives are still the poorest people in this great country.

      1. stewart nickaboine says:

        no you dnt knoe shyt bout us so dnt say nothing

  13. stewart nickaboine says:

    that is wack less skrilla for me and the whole mille lacs band

  14. Jone says:

    Hey You’re Wrong –

    I would be interested to know where you get your information so I can confirm it.

  15. MIKE says:

    WE’RE THE ONLY CASINO STATE THAT DOES NOT GET SOME REVENUE FROM THE CASINO BUSINESS. IT’S WAY PAST DUE. IF A RACINO WOULD HAVE STARTED 25 YEARS AGO, WHEN THE INDIAN ONES BEGAN, MINNESOTA WOULD HAVE AN EXTRA 3 BILLION DOLLARS TO WORK WITH.

  16. Citygoer 23 says:

    How about Hard Rock Cafe remodel and open a Hard Rock Live and a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino? Like in Vegas or Hollywood, FL? It would be the epi-center of MN Music. Hard Rock, First Ave, The Fineline can all compete. The hotel can compete with The Graves Hotel next door. Competition is the number one money maker. Plus it would draw in more revenue for the city, the state and provide a TON of jobs; something this state needs right now!

  17. Zach says:

    So would this be a smoking casino or non smoking casino?

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