- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The former Argosy riverboat casino is supposed to be removed from its Sioux City dock before the end of this month, but local officials are not sure that will happen.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott told the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1obsCAc ) he’s concerned the old casino won’t be gone by the Sept. 28 deadline.

The casino closed July 30 after losing a lengthy court fight to remain open. It remains moored on Larsen Park Road and was replaced in August with a new land-based Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City.

Scott said the company that owns the casino, Penn National, may try to argue that 60-day deadline for removal didn’t start until a Sept. 4 court ruling instead of beginning after the casino closed.

Penn National spokeswoman Karen Bailey said the company is working on removing the old casino, but she declined to discuss specific plans.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received a permit application from the casino’s owners indicating they plan to remove it, but that application didn’t address the timing.

“We don’t know their removal timeline, but we’ve issued the permit,” said Matt Wray, a Corps official. “It all depends on the contractor and the company’s efforts. But removing these structures is not complicated.”

City Manager Bob Padmore said the area will likely be converted to a green space after the casino is gone. The area could be used for something else once ongoing construction on Interstate 29 nearby is complete.

Scott said the city council will have to discuss plans for the area after the casino has been removed.

“I don’t want it to be a heavy commercial thing. A park or a small specialty-type shop, maybe. But nothing very intensive - that would defeat the purpose of the riverfront,” Scott said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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