Future of Block E unknown

Developers continue to insist the retail space is ideal for an urban casino in downtown Minneapolis. They told Fox 9 it could attract 5.5 million visitors and create 2,500 jobs. However, the developers are taking a gamble because this idea is only possible if lawmakers expand gaming to non-tribal casinos.
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Developers continue to insist the retail space is ideal for an urban casino in downtown Minneapolis. They told Fox 9 it could attract 5.5 million visitors and create 2,500 jobs. However, the developers are taking a gamble because this idea is only possible if lawmakers expand gaming to non-tribal casinos.

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