Pinnacle Plunks Down Big Investment on Downtown Projects

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When Pinnacle Entertainment won the city’s blessing in 2004 to build its glitzy Lumière Place casino on Laclede’s Landing, it pledged to invest in $50 million worth of downtown real estate.

It made good on that pledge Tuesday — in a manner of speaking.

City officials and the Las Vegas-based casino company have agreed on a series of investments in downtown projects that will, said development chief Rodney Crim, “extinguish” Pinnacle’s responsibilities to the city.

The investments include:

• A $6 million contribution to the National Blues Museum being built on Washington Avenue.

• A $5 million donation over three years to CityArchRiver for improvements to the Gateway Arch grounds.

• Donating to Great Rivers Greenway a riverfront parking lot for which Pinnacle paid $7 million.

• Donating $500,000 over five years to the St. Louis Police Department to fund “supplemental police activities,” potentially “hot-spot policing.”

Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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