NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) ¿ Developers of a $50 million casino project in Natchez say they have scaled back their plans but expect to sign a lease with the city in the upcoming weeks.

The initial design of the Roth Hill Casino was a two-story, 40,000 square-foot facility projected for the summer of 2009.

Natchez Enterprises president Ted Doody says the project has been scaled back from two stories to a one-story building ¿ an overall 8,000 square-foot reduction. With the design changes, the project will have to be approved again by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

Work continues on the casino's design. Plans to build a park with walkways, gardens and water features have not changed.

The project also includes a hotel.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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