Hot Springs Board Of Directors Gives Oaklawn An OK For Expansion

The Hot Springs Board of Directors voted Tuesday to allow Oaklawn Racing and Gaming to go ahead with its planned expansion, according to an Oaklawn Spokesperson.

The Board voted 6-0 in favor of the original plans, with Mayor Ruth Carney abstaining from the vote.

Preliminary construction on the three million dollar expansion at Oaklawn has already begun, but it was halted after a citizen appealed the city-approved project because he cited parking problems and local business down town would lose money because of Oaklawn’s cheap food prices.

The city planner said tonight that Oaklawn is only required to have 749 spaces but already has 2,000 for the public and nearly 4,000 if jockey and worker parking is included.

“The most important thing is this is a great attraction for our community. I talk to restaurant owners; we have a lot of new restaurants opening up every day. You talk about the downtown area or you look at Fat Jack’s or the Superior Bath House, incredible new restaurants opening, we have three hotels relocating here right now, and why is that? A lot of it has to do with Oaklawn,” Steve Arrison, the CEO of Visit Hot Springs said.




9 Responses to Hot Springs Board Of Directors Gives Oaklawn An OK For Expansion

  1. Sonny Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Joaklawn does it again…

  2. Rob Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Good to see the city has some forward thinking people in leadership positions!!

  3. Kyle Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    what hotels are moving in and where?

  4. Sonny Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Kyle, one is the Courtyard Marriot , behind Ruby Tuesdays (central Ave).

  5. clawso (@clawso) Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Great and let’s work for a downtown full casino or two, Majestic would be fantastic site.

  6. G Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    What about the crime factor? Name a community which opened a casino and crime did not rise significantly? More addictions and need to support them. Money is not worth the cost of safety and quality of life.

  7. Dick Lipschitz, Esq. Reply

    September 18, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    MONOPOLY by definition:
    noun: monopoly; plural noun: monopolies; noun: Monopoly

    the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in a commodity or service.
    “the likely motive was to protect the regional monopoly on cash-laden suckers”

    • Joe P Reply

      September 19, 2013 at 1:29 am

      Bring in some more Casinos, we need the jobs!!!!!

  8. keepanopenmind Reply

    September 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    The man (John Girolamo) that filed the appeal would have destroyed that board if he had more than 3 minutes to talk. Never have I seen such a display of good old boy manipulation. I hope this man goes further and takes it to court were he can actually state his case.
    You fools that think Oaklawn is doing this city good are sadly mistaken. Mr. Girolamo I take my hat off to you. Keep going, there are many people that know you are 100% correct.

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