Hotel Trump Opened In Indiana In 1998 Is Shut Down

Jul 15, 2019

Donald Trump, left, watches the final minutes of the Miss USA pageant, Friday, March 1, 2002, in Gary, Ind.
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GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 300-room hotel built opened by Donald Trump's casino company in 1998 to help draw gamblers to a northwestern Indiana casino has been shut down.

The June 30 closure came as the current owner of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary is working to move it from along Lake Michigan to a location along the busy Interstate 80-94 in the city.

Spectacle Entertainment vice president Jahnae Erpenbach says that the hotel had declining occupancy and making needed renovations didn't make sense with the upcoming casino move.

The company has filed a request for city zoning approval for construction of the new casino on about 32 acres of vacant land along I-80/94. The plans show a 258,000-square-foot casino and an attached "future hotel" of unspecified size.