January 13, 2017
On Thursday an environmental impact report for the proposed expansion plan for the Spa Resort Casino was released. The results showed that the environment would be minimally effected.
The Palm Springs casino is owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
The tribe is planning on adding 68,000 square feet to the casino. Also adding a new larger hotel. The original hotel closed in 2014 and had 229 guest rooms. The new hotel will have 350 guest rooms. Meeting space of 60,000 square feet will be created. So will additional 50,000 square feet for retail and mixed-use areas. 650 additional parking spots will be added. Also a spa and fitness center.
The property is on 18 acres.
The report was 402 pages. It covered many aspects including water resources, noise from construction, traffic issues, cultural resources, utilities and service usage, and aesthetics. Any issues that need to be addressed have measures listed that will need to be taken.
The tribe states that no significant environmental effects were identified in the report.
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