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Thunder Valley expansion resumes

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February 23, 2009

SACRAMENTO - The United Auburn Indian Community announced Thursday that construction on the Thunder Valley Casino expansion project will now resume after halting last November. The original plans have been scaled back as a result of the current economy.

The hotel will now be 15-stories high instead of 23 stories. New features include 2,000 square-foot luxury suites and an expansive pool with cabanas and a bar. The original plans for a performing arts center has been changed to a 10,000-square-foot multipurpose entertainment center, and the size of the new parking structure has been scaled back to 3,800 spaces.

Doug Elmets, spokesman for the United Auburn Indian Community, said "The tribe is thrilled to be able to bring some positive news in the current economic climate. The tribe made the prudent decision to reassess the scope of the construction project, given the state of the economy, and they made a determination that this most recent plan is the best way to secure Thunder Valley's position as a resort not just a casino and be a project that the entire region can be proud of."

"We are eager to get the ball rolling on our expansion again," said Jessica Tavares, chairwoman of the United Auburn Indian Community and the Business Board of Thunder Valley Casino. "Some of the details of the expansion have changed but we are glad to be providing construction jobs and look forward to having a true resort destination to help attract more people to Placer County."

The project is expected to create 500 new construction jobs.

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