12/03/2003 1:00AM

Michigan town OK's track


A proposal by Magna Entertainment to build a racetrack in the town of Romulus, Mich., was approved by voters there on Tuesday. In a separate ballot, voters also approved a proposal for a Native American casino in Romulus, midway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

A vote against one of the projects would have likely killed that development, but the votes do not guarantee that either will be built.

The racetrack proposal passed 53 percent to 47 percent, according to the Associated Press. The proposal calls for a $100 million racetrack with the possibility of adding a retail and entertainment center. Magna lobbyists have been pressing Michigan legislators to legalize slot machines for tracks in recent years.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians proposed a $350 million casino complex that includes a conference center and hotel. Magna officials have said they will go ahead with their plans for the track even if the casino is built.