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Treasure Chest Casino begins work on a $100 million land-based site

After nearly 30 years, a floating casino in suburban New Orleans is about to move ashore.

Treasure Chest Casino officials inaugurated a new site on Tuesday, which will house a development worth more than $100 million. It will replace the current Bateau-Mouche when it opens in 2024.

The new facility, owned by Nevada-based Boyd Gaming, will include a 47,000 square foot gaming hall and 10,000 square feet of convention space as well as new restaurants, bars and a FanDuel Sportsbook. The existing river casino is expected to remain open during construction.

A change in state law in 2018 allowed float casinos to move to land-based locations. The treasure chest will become the third boat in the state to do so. The Isle of Capri floating casino in Lake Charles and the Hollywood Casino project in Baton Rouge will also move landside gaming operations, officials said.

The project is part of a larger effort to revitalize Kenner’s Laketown neighborhood into a new entertainment destination, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. In August, the Jefferson Parish Council set aside more than $2 million to renovate the nearby boat launch on Lake Pontchartrain.

“With the new setup, we anticipate increased income for the residents of the town of Kenner, which will help with capital projects,” Mayor Michael Glaser told the newspaper.

Last year, Las Vegas-based Atlantis Gaming announced plans for a new $450 million, 40-acre “total resort” in Laketown, complete with stores, condominiums and possibly gambling. The status of this proposed development remains uncertain.