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Casino Developer Schedules Ground Breaking

Developers of Columbus' West Side casino say they're finally ready to break ground. Construction has lagged with the city and Penn National Gaming mired in a dispute over sewer and water service to the site. It's technically in Franklin Township, but Mayor Michael Coleman has been asking Penn National to annex into Columbus, which would send the city millions every year. Penn National refused, and then filed a lawsuit against the city and county for denying water and sewer services. Penn National spokesman Bob Tenenbaum says that suit is still being litigated. "But in the meantime, we do have building permits issued by the state which allow us to begin work on the foundations of both the casino and parking structure, and additional work on the parking structure itself," Tenenbaum said. The company has scheduled a ground breaking ceremony for Monday morning and still hopes to open to gamblers late next year.