Earlier this week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board recommended that Herbst IS Holdings LLC be approved for licensing regarding a casino in the Indian Springs community of the state. The venue would be located about 45 miles from Las Vegas near the Creech Air Force Base. The vote was unanimous by the Board during an unusual online meeting due to the state being on lockdown based on the coronavirus outbreak.
Next up for the effort is a meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission. The group is set to meet on April 22nd and they will be considering if the project should be approved for licensing. The Herbst Family Trust is hoping that they are approved and can have a casino up and running by Memorial Day.The Indian Springs Casino was built back in the 80s and closed down in 2014 when the Air Force purchased several acres near the base in Nevada for just over $11 million. The land was needed to provide a security area around the base to meet new security requirements set after 9/11.
The original casino had 60 slot machines and a few more were located in a small store on-site. When the Air Force took over the land, the casino was demoed along with the restaurant, gas station and trailer park on the land. However, the owner of the casino retained the gaming license and was given permission to relocate in 2016.
The Indian Springs Operating Co., LLC is the licensing holder and according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Control Board recommended this past Wednesday that the license be transferred to Herbst and the licensure. According to Herbst IS Holdings, the new development will offer a casino with 75 slot games and a gas station as well as an electric vehicle charging station, a convenience store and a restaurant.
The details of the transition should be completed by next month and this would allow the operations to get started by the end of May.