Approval was given by the Department of the Interior on Thursday. The
application submitted by the Cowlitz Tribe to put 152 acres in trust was
accepted. The land is located in Clark County near La Center. Just 15 miles
north of the Columbia River. It will be the home of a new 134,500 square foot
Several other area tribes have been looking at building a large scale casino in
that area. The Cowlitz Tribe is hopeful to have their casino open in three
Original plans for the casino resort called for a 250 story guest room hotel
that would be eight stories tall. However plans are being scaled back for the
time being. The build will take place in stages. The first stage will include
the casino building. Plans call for 20 poker tables and 135 game tables. There
will also be venue space for meetings, music, and other entertainment that will
hold 5,000 seats.
Financing still needs to be finalized before further developments can be made.
Currently a partnership has been made with the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.
They have operations in the East Coast are and able to help with the project
The project is estimated to take two years for construction. The Cowlitz Tribe
hope to be operating the casino in as little as three years.
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