As Columbus considers idea of casino, LaGrange less than two years away from family resort

As Great Wolf Lodge construction is well ahead of schedule, LaGrange officials believe the region could also benefit if legislation passes and Columbus could house a casino gaming center.
As Great Wolf Lodge construction is well ahead of schedule, LaGrange officials believe the region could also benefit if legislation passes and Columbus could house a casino gaming center.

LAGRANGE, Ga. – The idea of a resort casino coming to Columbus is making news across the Southeast. The city of LaGrange is already moving ahead with plans to build Great Wolf Lodge , billed as a family resort. The potential project in the Fountain City and the one underway in LaGrange aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.

As Great Wolf Lodge construction is well ahead of schedule, LaGrange officials believe the region could also benefit if legislation passes and Columbus could house a casino gaming center.
As Great Wolf Lodge construction is well ahead of schedule, LaGrange officials believe the region could also benefit if legislation passes and Columbus could house a casino gaming center.

The Director of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Dave Marler says even though a casino could make its way to the Chattahoochee Valley; after lawmakers agree to pass a bill, the governor signs it, and Georgians vote on it, the whole region could benefit from having two similar attractions.

Mike Criddle is overseeing the construction of Great Wolf Lodge. He says workers have already made great strides due to favorable weather. Marler expects the project to bring 500,000 tourists and $50 million to Troup County per year, once the resort is built. He doesn’t believe the idea of a possible casino in Columbus would clash with the lodge.

“I think it would be an asset to the region because the more assets present in LaGrange, Troup County, Muscogee County, the more there is to attract potential tourists to come to town,” Marler said.

Marler says along with West Point Lake, the Biblical History Center and the Hills and Dale Estate, Great Wolf Lodge would complete the grand slam of tourist attractions in Troup County, strengthening West Georgia as tourist hub overall. Great Wolf Lodge is scheduled to be completed in May 2018.

 

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