County approves new southwest Ohio racino project


LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- Commissioners in southwest Ohio's Warren County have approved plans for a $175 million "racino" about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports the facility approved Tuesday will combine horse racing with up to 2,500 slots-like gambling terminals.

Construction is expected to start in December, and it's slated to open in 2014 if the state approves.

The 120-acre site near Interstate 75 will employ about 700 people. It is expected to include a grandstand, restaurants and other buildings.

It wouldn't be the state's first so-called racino. Scioto Downs in Columbus opened one in June, and others are in the works.

Cincinnati also is getting a new casino, which is scheduled to open next spring.