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Metropolis casino plans modified

THE INVESTOR in the Metropolis multi-functional complex planned for Jarovce on the outskirts of Bratislava has reduced the size of its planned casino. Gábor Zászlós, the chairman of the board of directors of Trigranit, the developer of the €1.5-billion project, announced in early October that the company is reducing the casino’s size from its originally-planned 27,000 square metres to around 19,000 square metres, meaning that the gaming area would comprise around 2 percent of the whole development instead of 3 percent.

THE INVESTOR in the Metropolis multi-functional complex planned for Jarovce on the outskirts of Bratislava has reduced the size of its planned casino. Gábor Zászlós, the chairman of the board of directors of Trigranit, the developer of the €1.5-billion project, announced in early October that the company is reducing the casino’s size from its originally-planned 27,000 square metres to around 19,000 square metres, meaning that the gaming area would comprise around 2 percent of the whole development instead of 3 percent.

According to Zászlós, preparations for construction of the complex are continuing but its future will depend on the fate of a revision to the law on gaming which the Slovak parliament recently advanced to a second reading. Zászlós said that if the revision is adopted Trigranit might think about moving the whole project to Hungary.

The total construction period is estimated at three to five years while the aquapark and the congress centre would reportedly be completed within three years of the launch of construction. The complex is planned for a 30-hectare plot between Petržalka and Jarovce at the junction of highways linking Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria.

The Metropolis project has several components. In addition to an American-style casino, the plans call for a shopping centre, aquapark, recreational centre with an entertainment park, three hotels, conference facilities, galleries, a multifunctional hall and a golf course, as well as residential facilities and underground parking. Bratislava City Council and local authorities in Jarovce reportedly oppose construction of the project.


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