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Davenport Breaks Ground on First Land-Based Casino

WVIK Staff

Construction is finally underway in Davenport for a land-based casino. Thursday, Rhythm City Casino Resort broke ground for its new casino, near the intersection of Interstate 80 and I-74. 

Nearly one-hundred people drove up the recently-poured concrete of Elmore Avenue, and celebrated on the 40-acres the casino will soon occupy.
Casino owner Dan Kehl says he never thought this day would come. 

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Dan Kehl, owner of Rhythm City Casino in Davenport, speaks before breaking ground for the new location.

Kehl says the 110-million-dollar project was made possible by a three-way agreement with the city of Davenport and the Riverboat Development Authority, which owns the license. It will include a gaming floor, sports lounge, retail shops, restaurants, and an event center. 

He says the new Rhythm City Casino's design will reflect the Mississippi River, and it should open next May.