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Casino Queen General Manager Craig Travers (left) smiles as East St. Louis Debra Powell swings the champagne bottle against the wall to officially christen the Crown Hotel at the Casino Queen.
by Betty Magrath, SLFP
Craig Travers, General Manager of Casino Queen, enthusiastically noted that the new $13 million, 150-room Crown Hotel was just one element in their $40 million master plan. "You will be witnessing the transformation of a riverboat casino operation to a complete entertainment and lodging destination in the new millennium," Travers said as he pointed out the metro East St. Louis area had all the necessary factors to grow a business.
Many people enjoying the evening ceremony before the fireworks show, had taken part in the ground breaking seven months earlier. "This past week the last plank was set for the seventh floor, signifying the topping-off of this structure," said Travers. The facility, featuring a Frank Lloyd Wright style for the interiors, will offer first class accommodations, including seven deluxe theme suites, banquet rooms, an indoor swimming pool and modern conference center.
Before the official christening of the Crown Hotel at the Casino Queen, Mayor Debra Powell stated that the Independence Weekend was a fitting time to recognize that it was also the beginning of independence for the community of East St. Louis. "We move towards that end to take our independent position as a regional city in this region. As the City of East St. Louis grows, the metro citizens in this area will grow and the region will grow."
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