Spokane Tribe Casino to Double its Current Size in Expansion Project

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The Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights, Washington has broken ground on an expansion project that aims to double its current size.

According to a statement from the Spokane Tribe on Monday, the expansion has already started earlier this month with the demolition of the Washington casino’s east side parking lot. The construction is expected to be completed in the latter part of 2021 and it will help bring in a total of 300 construction and casino jobs. The Spokane Tribe also said that additional amenities and expansion plans will be revealed in a series of announcements next year.

Expansion Project

The expansion project involves the addition of 20,000 square feet of gaming space to the Washington casino’s existing area. It is the second phase of the Spokane Tribe’s Economic Development Plan that calls for a hotel, cultural center, entertainment venue, and retail shops on the 145-acre site on U.S. Highway 2.

Warner Gaming, which operates the Washington casino, will lead the development of the expansion project. Spokane’s Swinerton Builders has been designated as the project contractor while the Cuningham Group from Minnesota will design the expansion.

Per Spokane Tribal Casino Marketing Director Christopher Marzotto, the Spokane Tribe had planned to break ground on the project earlier this year but was forced to move the date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doubling the Current Size

The Spokane Tribal Casino is built on the Spokane Tribal Exclusive Aboriginal Territory and it is owned and operated by the Spokane Indian Tribe. As such, it has tribal sovereignty and it is not covered by the state’s COVID-19 protocols.

Currently, Gov. Jay Inslee has set a 10 p.m. curfew for establishments in the state. However, since the Spokane Tribal Casino is on reservation land, it is open until 3 a.m. The casino however follows the state’s other protocols like the strict wearing of face masks, temperature checks, and regular disinfection of areas.

Because of its “relaxed” rules during the pandemic, the Washington casino continues to roll as its non-reservation competitors struggle. According to management, the Spokane Trial Casino has made profits of 10% more than its monthly average prior to the pandemic. Because of how well they are doing, they have decided to double the size of the current facility.

Ilani Casino Announces Expansion Plan

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A 14-storey hotel, two new restaurants, and additional gaming space are among the components of a major expansion announced by ilani Casino Resort. The Washington casino also revealed that its 2,700-space six storey parking garage is set to open next month.

The expansion will begin on October 15th with the addition of about 17,000 square feet of gaming area. According to ilani President Kara Fox-LaRose, workers will remove an existing wall of the casino near the foodcourt. The area, which is currently a dirt floor with beams, is already under the same roof as the casino. According to Fox-LaRose, the project will cost $30M.

Roughly 200 jobs, 200 slot machines, and additional gaming tables will be added to the Washington casino as a result of the extension of its gaming area. This project was originally scheduled to open this summer together with the parking garage but has been moved to next summer after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two New Restaurants

One of the restaurants will be an open kitchen format eating house that will serve authentic Asian cuisine. Fox-La Rose added that ilani Casino is designing an Asian-themed gaming area to complement the new Asian restaurant. The second restaurant is still in the planning stage but according to Fox-La Rose, it will incorporate sports betting which the Washington casino plans to offer in the coming years.

The ilani big boss added that they are currently working with the state on the possibility of including electronic table games in the future. Fox-La Rose added that there are a lot of fun products in the market as the gaming industry continues to evolve. The Washington casino is currently going through the selection process in picking which ones to add to their stable.

The ilani Hotel

The planned hotel will employ a few hundred new employees. It will have 300 guest rooms, a swimming pool, spa, and fitness center. It will also feature a top-floor restaurant and a patio on the south side. Ilani also has a design to add a second tower in the future, if that becomes possible. The Las Vegas based Friedmutter Group, which designed all of ilani, is the new hotel’s architect.

The 14-storey tower will be wrapped in a curtain of royal blue glass. It can bee viewed by commuters who are traveling on Interstate 5. Per Fox-La Rose, the goal is to build a (AAA) Four Diamond Hotel since they are no hotels ranked that high in Clark County. Ilani’s current primary customer base come from within 80 miles of the Cowlitz Indian reservation but it also lure a secondary market that lives beyond Southwest Washington.