The Waukegan Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend to the City Council the plans to build a temporary casino at the site of the proposed American Place casino.
With the Commission’s recommendation moving to the City Council, the A vote is expected to be made on March 21, 2022 at the Waukegan City Hall.
According Full House Senior Vice-President and Chief Development officer Alex Stolya, they are now waiting on the approvals, including from the one from the Illinois Gaming Board . Once all approvals are secured, the owners plan to commence construction right away, hoping to hit their July targeted opening date this coming July 2022.
The Temporary at American Place
The 75,000 square foot temporary facility will be known as the Temporary at American Place. The temporary casino has been described as a white and windowless high-tension tent which will be constructed by Sprung Structures. Aside from 100 slot machines and 50 table games, the Temporary at American Place will also have restaurants and bars. According to Full House, there will be kitchen and administrative trailers.
Both the temporary and permanent casino will be located on 28 acres of city-owned land bordering the Fountain Square shopping center. It will have an additional 10 acres of adjacent area which Full House has under contract. The temporary casino site will be built on a location that will not interfere with the construction of the permanent casino which will begin later this year.
Ferucci Will Head Temporary Casino
Full House Resorts Senior vice president and COO John Ferucci has been designated to oversee the opening of the Temporary at American Place.Ferucci is a former Harrah’s Atlantic City dealer who worked his way up the ladder to become the manager of Lucayan Beach in the Bahamas, before moving to Mississippi.
Ferucci opened both the Grand Casino in Gulfport and Grand Casino in Biloxi. Ferucci then moved to the New Palace Casino in Biloxi. He was also appointed as the General Manager of Casino Magic Biloxi. Aside from being the overseer of Full House’s temporary Waukegan casino, Ferucci will continue to serve as the general manager of the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County, Mississippi.