New larger location would need voter approval

Penn National has secured an option on a second parcel of land in Columbus, Ohio, to build one of four casinos authorized last November by the state’s voters.

The site is about six miles from the Arena District location Penn had initially contemplated and is considerably larger - 123 acres versus 24.

“It opens new possibilities,” a company spokesman said.

But there are hurdles to overcome. Ohio voters must approve a new constitutional amendment in May to allow the move, and the area, located in Franklin Township, still must be annexed into Columbus.

But city officials and community leaders say they support the move.

Penn President Tim Wilmott said the company will return to the original location if the amendment to move the location is rejected.