Federal approval given for new Agua Caliente casino in California
The tribe wants to build a casino in Cathedral City
The Agua Caliente tribe of California has now been given approval to build its third casino in the state. After already having one in Rancho Mirage and another in Palm Springs, the tribe had set its sights on Cathedral City for its latest endeavor, and has been greenlighted by the federal government to make it happen. The local community approves, as well, calling the land where the casino will sit an “eyesore.”
Agua Caliente had requested approval from the Department of the Interior to receive ownership of 12.5 acres of land in downtown Cathedral City in 2017, which was to be added to 1.1 acres it already had. The department signed off on the request yesterday, paving the way for the venue. The Cathedral City Council approved, as well, with the tribe offering to give $6.5 million to the city over ten years.
According to a statement from the tribe’s chairman, Jeff. L Grubbe, “We are excited to begin construction on this large-scale investment in Cathedral City. This project will create jobs, revitalize an undeveloped downtown property and support Cathedral City’s economic development efforts. In addition, we have the honor of working with Cathedral City to relocate and build a new fire station that will allow fire fighters to serve city residents from a brand new state-of-the-art facility and a more desirable location.”
The venue will see a casino, restaurants, retail and mixed-use spaces and tribal government offices. It should create as many as 556 new jobs and will have 500 Class III gaming machines and eight table games. The date for groundbreaking on the property will be provided in the next couple of weeks.