Tribal Organization: Wilton Rancheria
ELK GROVE CASINO PROJECT
Highway 99 and Grant Line Road
Elk Grove, Sacramento County, CA
Wilton Rancheria will build a $500 million resort casino in Sacramento County off Highway 99 and Grant Line Road. It will feature a 110,260 sq-ft gaming floor with 2,000 slots and 84 table games and a 12-story hotel with 302 guest rooms, spa and fitness center and a luxury pool.
In September 2016 the Elk Grove City Council approved a local agreement with the tribe. Wilton Rancheria will pay the city $132 million over 20 years to cover the financial impact of the casino on its community.
The proposed site is "off-reservation" land. The tribe opted to purchase it for a casino and applied to the U.S. Interior Department for special approval. A favorable decision was issued in January 2017 and the land was taken into federal trust.
This prompted opposition groups to appeal the legality of that decision. In July 2017 the Interior Department denied their appeal.
A week later Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had negotiated and signed a gaming compact with the tribe allowing 2,500 slot machines. The compact was then ratified by the legislature and final signoffs and approvals were announced in October 2017.
Preparation of the casino site began Feb 1, 2019 with the demolition and removal of the abandoned Elk Grove Mall. The casino site is at the north end of the mall near Kammerer Road and Highway 99. The job will finished by March 1.
Once the casino construction is underway it will take 12-18 months to complete the entire project.
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30,000 total square-feet of event space
Conference center - will be one of the largest in the region
12-story hotel tower
302 guest rooms and suites
Spa and fitness center
January 25, 2019
A federal judge has denied a lawsuit filed two years ago by the anti-casino group Stand Up for California! against the U.S. Interior Department and the Wilton Rancheria in an attempt for a restraining order to stop construction of the tribe's casino resort planned for Elk Grove, California.
The lawsuit alleged the inappropriate contact early communications between the federal government and tribe, and all correspondence and documents during that time should be made availabe to the plaintiff.
A decision last week in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. ruled against the activist group. Judge Trevor McFadden wrote "federal regulations require conversations between the department and tribes about the land acquisition process before the release of a decision."
This is the second lawsuit filed against the Elk Grove casino by Stand Up for California! Two years ago a federal court rejected their claim that the Interior Department's approval to place the casino site into federal trust was invalid because it was made by an interim official of that department.Back
January 4, 2019
Wilton Rancheria Chairman Raymond Hitchcock said last week his tribe expects to finish construction of the Wilton Resort Casino by the end of 2020.
A final determination of the opening date will be announced later based on progress of the project. Hitchcock said "There's no definitive date yet, but we're looking at early 2019 to begin this process, and it's slated for completion by late 2020."
Construction is expected to take 12-18 months to complete.Back
November 07, 2018
On October 31 the management contract for the proposed Elk Grove casino was approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
The proposed casino will be owned by the Wilton Rancheria tribe. Boyd Gaming will be partnering with the tribe for the casino project. One reason why approval must be given from the commission is to be sure that the tribe is not taken advantage of.
The environmental impact statement was also submitted with the management contract. The U.S. Department of the Interior completed the report previously as part of the process for taking land into trust for the tribe. This occurred last year.
The tribe is now a step closer to receiving their final approval to build their casino. If progress continues to be made, the Elk Grove casino could open by late 2020.Back