September 2, 2014
Developer Harvey Whittemore is threatening to sue for millions because of the Sparks City Council's rejection of plans to build a hotel-casino in Spanish Springs Valley.
In a three-to-two vote early today, council members upheld the
planning commission's denial of the 100 (m) million dollar Lazy
Eight resort on the Pyramid Highway.
Whittemore argued a 1994 entitlement to build a casino at his
Wingfield Springs development east of the highway can be moved to
the 20-acre site, where he plans to sell land to Peppermill Casinos
for the development.
Before the vote, the developers warned they would file a lawsuit
to reverse any adverse decision.
Whittemore says his company also could seek 300 (m) million
dollars to 400 (m) million dollars in damages.
Many in the overflow crowd of more than 300 hailed the council's
decision, noting the project would be within one-quarter mile of
homes, a library and a regional park.
Supporters touted the resort's benefits to the community,
including jobs and six restaurants.