EAST BAY - The Berkeley Daily Planet reported yesterday that Richmond's Point Molate Indian casino project "is not only alive - it's being fast-tracked by state and federal agencies."
The Navy has current jurisdiction over the Point Molate site and is cleaning up hazardous waste. When finished in December, the Navy will transfer the land to the City of Richmond, which will then pass it on to the Guidiville Rancheria Pomo Indians.
The tribe plans to build a $1-billion casino, resort and condo complex on the land. The five-star resort will be located on the Richmond shoreline near the foot of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
Hotel with 1,100 rooms (each with a bay view)
Convention center (150,000-square-feet)
Retail outlets (300,000 square feet)
Outdoor cafes, entertaining and educational attractions
Housing for all Guidiville tribal members
The next step is completion of an environmental study ordered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to determine if the land can be turned into a Native American reservation. Draft documents will be released in July and followed by a public comment period. The BIA will then make a decision on the reservation issue.
If approved, a gaming compact must be negotiated with the governor and approved by the BIA and the National Indian Gaming Commission.
For the complete news article, visit The Berkeley Daily Planet.
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