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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spokane Tribe's new casino could open sooner then expected

A couple of weeks have now passed since the good news broke that Gov. Jay Inslee gave his final approval to the Spokane Tribe of Indians to open there long time planned hotel & casino in Airway Heights. And, when the approval announcement came in the Tribe mentioned the planned to move forward as soon as possible, now we're learning they we're telling the truth...

The Spokane Tribe announced this week they plan to have construction crews at the site beginning this fall, with construction of the entire development to be done in phases ( 10 phases in all ). If all plans hold out the first phase ( which includes part of the Casino itself ) would open to the public sometime in 2017.

The first phase of the planned development would include-

- Casino initially with 450 slot machines and 12 table games.

- Outdoor activity area

- Two new restaurants , one of which will be able to seat 190 and offer value priced fine dining.

The Spokane Tribe is working with Warner Hospitality , a Las Vegas based casino developer and has previously announced the casino will likely align itself with the Hard Rock branding. A hotel is included in the project but appears to be in an upcoming phase and not for the initial opening. Phases after the first will likely follow quickly after completion.

The project will rise on the west side of Airway Heights by the corner of US 2 & Craig Rd on land already owned by the Tribe. The Casino will be the centerpiece of the project but should also include hotel rooms, new restaurants & shopping , event facilities and much more. In all the Spokane Tribe estimates 5000 new jobs will be created by the project with no set completion date for it's full build out.

For more information on the project, visit their website at-