Ground has been broken on Cowlitz Tribe’s new $510m casino-resort in Washington, US.
Designed by Friedmutter Group, the casino incorporates elements of Cowlitz culture.
It will be constructed west of the La Center on a 152-acre site that was awarded to the Cowlitz tribe by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2010.
The property will feature 100,000 sq ft of gaming floor with 2,500 slot machines, 75 gaming tables, 60 high-limit slot machines and five high-limit tables. In addition, it will also include several restaurants and meeting spaces.
The development is expected to open in early 2017.
The project was earlier opposed by several groups who sued Cowlitz, questioning the tribe’s ties to the area and believing that the tribe was interested in the project due to the site’s proximity to Portland.
The tribe received the approval to start construction as the lawsuit was dismissed in 2014.