California casino sees launch delayed until later next year
By Bob Garcia
Elk Grove Will have to wait a little longer for its massive resort
A project to bring the first tribal casino and resort to Sacramento County, CA, which was supposed to be ready by late 2020, has just been delayed. This project is located at Highway 99 and Kammerer Road on a 35.9-acre extension, and the $500 million casino resort in Elk Grove won’t be ready until late 2021.
Chairman Raymond “Chuckie” Hitchcock explains the reasons for this delay as he was the one that announced the original date January last year. “Last year, 2019, we had to do some redesign on a few areas that set us back, and now we’re getting back on track,” said Hitchcock. The idea was to advance with the groundbreaking by this coming spring. “As far as an update on timing, we’re most likely waiting for the spring to hit, so we’re not in the wet season because we have the in-ground infrastructure,” Hitchcock added. “And it’s an 18-month (construction process). So, if you do the math, that’s late 2021 for an opening for the project.”
There were some concerns among the interested parties in this project as there is an appealing attempt to a judge’s order to grant the U.S. Department of the Interior’s authority and decision to place the tribe’s land in Elk Grove into federal trust. However, Hitchcock assured everyone that this appeal will not impede the tribe’s progress to finish the resort. “The lawsuit has no bearing upon our ability to move forward with our project,” he said. “We’re just moving forward, regardless of the white noise that is the appeal from Stand Up.” In spite of this whole scenario, Hitchcock is confident and calls the casino construction “imminent.”