Minden Landmark To House Casino

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - A historic landmark in Minden will become home to a casino, bakery, museum and day spa, Douglas County commissioners decided.

The former C.O.D. Garage will house the C.O.D. Casino under commissioners' unanimous action Thursday.

The automotive garage opened in 1911 and was one of the oldest
continuously operated commercial garages in the country when it
closed in 2003.

The garage also holds the record for the oldest AAA touring service in Nevada, and housed one of the oldest Chevrolet and Buick
franchises in the nation.

Former garage co-owner Don Hellwinkel's widow, Marlena, and son,
Robb, are teaming with casino owner Scott Tate to develop the
project, Gardnerville's Record-Courier reported.

Plans call for a 14,303-square-foot casino, a 3,540-square-foot
Schat's Bakery and another 4,000 square feet for a museum and day
spa.

Hailing the "adaptive reuse" of the building, supporters said the casino would provide a boost to the local economy.

"I don't see anything but good from it," said retired businessman Bob Bellemore. "If you say no to this man (Tate), it will be like saying no to Santa Claus."

Tate, who owns Nugget casinos in Fallon and Silver Springs and the Bonanza Casino in Fallon, has said he hopes to open the casino in 18 months to two years after investing $5 million to $7 million in the building.

While no one spoke in opposition to the project, concerns were expressed over parking and noise because of the building's proximity to a residential area.

Some commissioners also expressed concerns about the overall
decline in gambling.

"But that's not the perogative of this board if they're willing to take the risk," said Commissioner Nancy McDermid.
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Information from: Gardnerville Record-Courier,
http://www.recordcourier.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-04-08 1921EDT


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