NORTH FORK RANCHERIA RESORT HOTEL & CASINO
The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians plan to build a casino, a 200-room resort hotel, restaurants, an entertainment lounge, retail space and banquet/meeting rooms near Madera, California.
The proposed site is a 305-acre parcel on Avenue 17 just west of the intersection with State Route 99. It is on unincorporated area between Madera and Chowchilla and within the Tribe’s ancestral lands.
Construction of the North Fork Rancheria Resort Hotel & Casino Project has not began pending final resolutions to legal issues. A gaming compact between the tribe and the state was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 31, 2012 and approved by the state assembly May 2, 2013. The state senate approved it June 27,2013 and Gov. Brown signed their legislation a week later. A lawsuit was decided March 14, 2014 by a Madera County judge who ruled state process authorizing the casino was constitutional.
In November 2014 a ballot referendum on off-reservation gaming (Proposition 48) was rejected by voters. This effectively stopped construction of this project. A legal challenge was started to determine if the referendum could nullify the tribe's gaming compact with the state.
In November 2015, a U.S. District Court judge ordered Gov. Jerry Brown and the North fork Rancheria to return to gaming negotiations. When that failed a mediator was assigned who decided in favor of the tribe. The state was given till April 11th to agree to the compact, otherwise the tribe could take the compact to the U.S. Interior Department for approval.
In July 2016 the Interior Department gave federal approval to the gaming compact.
Several lawsuits to stop construction are still pending. In the meantime the tribe has no construction timeline. However, it is considering several construction phases during the legal processing. They may begin with ground preparations and a smaller casino until the legal status allows for full-scale construction.
|Casino Size||68,150 sq-ft|
|Casino Circulation Area||21,750 sq-ft|
|Maximum number of slot machines||2,000|
|High Limit Gaming Area||4,000 sq-ft|
|FOOD & BEVERAGE|
|Buffet||500 seats||23,500 sq-ft|
|Restaurant (Leased)||200 seats||8,000 sq-ft|
|Steakhouse||180 seats||10,000 sq-ft|
|Coffee Shop||225 seats||8,800 sq-ft|
|Food Court (5 tenants)||175 seats||10,365 sq-ft|
|Bars (5)||4,050 sq-ft|
|200 rooms, multi-story||191,000 sq-ft|
|Total Hotel, Pool & Spa||224,530 sq-ft|
|Surface Parking||2,500 spaces|
|Parking Structure||2,000 spaces|
The North Fork Rancheria began their pursuit of this project in 2003 when they signed a development and management agreement with Station Casinos, who will oversee construction and manage the casino operations.