WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, OK – A ceremony was held September 2nd to begin construction of a 7-story, upscale hotel tower at the Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs. The 100,000-square-foot hotel will be located on the north side of the casino and include 140 luxury rooms, 7 suites, a fitness room and an upscale coffee shop.
"The building will have all upscale rooms, very similar to the product we delivered in Catoosa with the high rise there," said Mark Watowich, project director for Flintco Constructive Solutions. "Our actual projected date of opening is Memorial Day 2010, so we're a little ahead of schedule."
Attending the ceremony was Principal Chief Chad Smith. "We're certainly anxious to see this next phase take place – a seven-floor hotel…with amenities to open our doors to communities for functions and to businesses, to actually enhance the stay here at the Cherokee Casino," he said. "I'm also anxious because it's going to give us the opportunity to expand our message about our history and our culture."
The original West Siloam Springs Casino opened in 1994. In November 2008 it reopened after a $125 million expansion project to add 200,000 square feet of gaming with 1,200 electronic games, 19 table games and a 12-table poker room. The casino also features three restaurants and a nightclub. In October it will add a banquet room that can seat up to 500 people.
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