January 28, 2010
YOLO COUNTY, CA - The Cache Creek Casino Resort announced plans this week to add 20,000 feet of gambling space, a 52,000-square-foot event center, a 900-vehicle parking structure and a warehouse. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, who own the casino, hopes to start construction in 2011 and complete it in 2013.
Last October the economic downturn caused the tribe to cancel more aggressive plans which included a 10-story hotel tower, a 62,000-square-foot event center, more dining, new shopping and more gambling space. That project would have tripled the size of the casino complex.
Tribal spokesman Brent Andrew said the tribe reevaluated its options and decided not build the hotel tower. It currently operates a 200-room hotel.
"There has been some stabilizing of the economy, and some of the uncertainty has passed," he said. "It made sense to concentrate on the things we're good at and that patrons want."
The tribe has filed a notice of preparation with the state and an environmental impact review is pending.
In the meantime Caltrans plans to straighten and widen Highway 16 to improve the traffic to the casino. The project will widen lanes and shoulders, level some hills and straighten some turns in the 12 miles section between Interstate 505 and Brooks, where the casino is located. Caltrans completed its final environmental review for the project last month.
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