August 24, 2015
Plans are being debated over a proposed casino and hotel in Barga. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is reviewing the plans that potentially could be built at the current tribal office. The property is off on M-38.
The tribe's Chocolay casino may also be undergoing a renovation.
In January a market study was conducted. The recommendations of that study were presented to the tribal council earlier this month. On Thursday, a council meeting was held where a Cunningham Group architect Sam gave a presentation on what could be done with the M-38 property and the new casino.
Previously, a proposal to convert the Baraga Lakeside Inn into a casino was rejected by the tribe. The plan would have cost over $31 million to complete.
The new proposal would renovate the Chocolay casino and keep the existing building intact.
Tribal leaders believe that a renovation is needed in order to remain competitive with other casinos.
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