NEW BUFFALO, MI - The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian are in the planning stage for expanding the Four Winds Casino, which opened August 2, 2007. Visitors to the casino have been submitting information cards with feedback and suggestion for new features and improved facilities.
The casino's general manager Matt Harkness confirmed there are future building phases in the planning stages. "They are in the process of putting together what makes sense for the next phase," he said. "They are doing it, I believe, in a very intelligent way so phase two doesn't interfere with phase three or four, so it's a planned development."
Additional information is not expected in the near term. However, it is expected the expansion of the hotel is very likely a priority because its 165 rooms are almost always sold out. Pokagon leaders had expressed a desire to expand the hotel in a area Chamber of Commerce meeting last April.
The tribe owns 674 acres of wooded land surrounding the casino off Wilson Road, which can accommodate an expanded hotel, an entertainment complex, and a golf course. These are projects the tribal leaders mentioned when Four Winds opened last year.
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