Contact Us

Cedar Rapids Casino Voted Down, So What Should Go In This Location Now?

Corner of 1st Ave & 1st West, which was to be home of Cedar Rapids Casino
Corner of 1st Ave & 1st St West, which was to be home of Cedar Rapids Casino

The “No” vote by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has left a hole in Cedar Rapids, both emotionally and physically.  This city wanted the casino when the vote was done in March of 2013, but it seems the excitement and hope had grown to a fevered pitch lately.  We’ll certainly recover from that, probably very quickly.  However, we’ve now got a hole.  The site that has been waiting for a “Yes” vote, with construction expected to then start almost immediately, now sits in limbo.  It’s a huge area of land on both sides of 1st Ave west, bordering 1st St.

What would be a good fit for that area of Cedar Rapids?  I’m shooting for the stars.  How ’bout an IKEA store?  The closest locations are Chicagoland and the Twin Cities, so we wouldn’t be invading their space.  Build that and we’ll still need that parkade too.  Maybe a couple of ‘em on the west-side, where parking is definitely in short supply right now.  What would you like to see in that location?  Let’s get the discussion going now because the sooner a great idea is developed, the sooner the west-side of Cedar Rapids continues its recovery, and the memory of what could have been will fade.

Next: Decision Day is Thursday

More From KHAK

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://khak.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KHAK quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on KHAK quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!