The Wilton Rancheria Tribe will break ground on its planned casino resort in Elk Grove, California on March 9 and construction will begin shortly after, news emerged Tuesday.
The property will be developed and operated by Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality company Boyd Gaming on behalf of the tribe.
Late last year, the casino operator purchased a vacant mall in Elk Grove and announced that it would serve as the site for the planned Wilton Resort Casino and Spa. The company bought the empty 64-acre lot from Texas-based real estate developer Howard Hughes Development for an undisclosed amount. The site had previously been planned to host a high-end shopping and entertainment center.
Wilton Rancheria has a further 36 acres of land into federal trust next to the vacant mall site.
Boyd and the tribe announced the groundbreaking date days after tribal leaders revealed that they have secured funding from an unnamed third party for the joint project.
The future gambling complex will be located 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento and will feature the closest casino to that city as well as to the south Bay area when it opens doors. Boyd said Tuesday that it expects to launch the property in the second half of 2022.
The resort was designed by Friedmutter Group, Tandem Design and Dez Motif. AECOM Tishman and Yates Construction have been tapped as the general contractors to lead construction.
A Key Milestone
Commenting on the latest development in a years-long effort to build the casino complex, Wilton Tribal Chair Jesus Tarango said that they can now celebrate “the hard-fought determination of generations of Tribal members to create a future of dignity and self-sufficiency.”
Mr. Tarango went on that their joint project with Boyd will be transformative as it would provide resources that will enable the tribe to invest in housing, education, and healthcare, to preserve its language and culture, and to give back to the community for the coming decades.
In September 2016, the Elk Grove City Council approved unanimously a memorandum of understanding with Wilton Rancheria that paved the way for the eventual upcoming start of the scheme. The tribe agreed to pay $132 million to the city over a 20-year period to cover the impact of its resort.
Wilton Resort Casino and Spa will cost $500 million to build and will feature a 110,000-square-foot casino with more than 2,000 slot machines and over 80 table games.
It will also have a 12-story hotel tower with over 300 rooms and suites, a spa and fitness center, a wide selection of food and beverage facilities, a luxury pool complex as well as more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space, a conference center, a ballroom, and an entertainment venue.
The project is expected to generate 1,600 jobs during construction and 1,750 full-time positions when the property opens doors about a year and a half from now.
Source: “Boyd Gaming, Wilton Rancheria To Commence Construction On Casino Project In Elk Grove, California”, Cision PR Newswire, March 2, 2021
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