April 07, 2017
On Wednesday the Ridgecrest City Council held a meeting where the proposed casino was the main focus. An updated on the project was presented by Timbisha Shoshone tribal chair George Gholson.
Groundbreaking for the casino is scheduled to take place next year in April. An exact date was not given.
The environmental impact study will be completed and the results will be presented to the public on April 13, 2017 at 6p.m. It will be located the City Council chambers. A notice of the report will be released today. The public will be allowed to comment on it until May 06.
The public will be allowed the attend the workshop. Environmental consultants for the tribe will be available to answer questions.
A goal for the tribe to move forward with the casino project is to be able to come to an agreement with the city and the county over the impacts by August and September.
The first phase of the casino will consist of building the facility. When completed it will be 35,000 to 50,000 square feet. In addition to the gaming floor, it provide space for other amenities. This includes a players club, bar and lounge, buffet and coffee shop, retail store, and parking.
The amount of machines for the casino were not announced. That number will be determined by the architectural design.
During the public workshop to be held on April 13, design plans will be revealed. They will showcase the exterior of the casino.
The second phase of the project will be to build a hotel, convention center, and spa. The hotel will offer 100 guest rooms and a pool. The convention center will be 52,000 square feet.
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