Gateway ready to break ground on new casino
The casino operator has chosen the spot in North Bay and the turtles will just have to move
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, one of the largest (and sometimes most controversial) casino operators in Canada decided that the small town of North Bay needed a casino. So, it came in, starting looking around, despite local opposition, and chose a few locations with the support of the North Bay City Council. Everything was looking like all systems go for the company before a little green amphibious creature popped its head out of the sand, threatening to bring everything to a grinding halt. Now, Gateway has decided to forge ahead with the project and has found a location it says is perfect. And Gateway expects that the Blanding’s Turtle will simply have to adjust to its new neighbor.
North Bay’s new casino will be built on a spot along Highway 11 near Nipissing Junction at the south end of the town. 7.3 acres of land will be used for the casino and there will ultimately be around 14,100 square feet of gaming space at the venue. Gateway is anxious to break ground on the project, which is expected to cost around $26 million and would open sometime in the spring of next year.
The project still has to be approved by the city council. Since it has already shown its support for Gateway and the casino, there shouldn’t be too much resistance. However, there is still some concern about the turtles. Environmentalists have already publicly decried the casino, saying that it will destroy the turtles’ natural habitat. Gateway responded by saying that it would work with the city and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to come up with a solution and, since the project is moving forward, it would appear that some type of solution was paid for, I mean, found.