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Cascades Casino Delta Finally Approved by the BCLC

Publish: 15.12.2018

The Canadian gaming and entertainment operator Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited announced last week that its plan to build a new casino resort in the City of Delta, whose construction would cost around $53 million, was given the green light by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

According to the renowned operator, the approval means the construction of the new Cascades Casino Delta can now begin. The work on the 124-room facility should be completed in 2020, and it will include meeting space, three restaurants and a casino with up to 500 video slots, 24 gaming tables, up to 6 electronic table games.

BCLC greenlights new Cascades Casino Delta

An Important Project for the Local Community

At this moment, Gateway owns and operates 12 facilities across western Canada, including the Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby and New Westminster’s Starlight Casino, employing over 3,000 people.

The new Cascades Casino Delta is set to be built on the 11-acre site of Delta town and Country near the south end of the George Massey Tunnel, next to the interchange of Highway 99 and Highway 17A, some 30 miles from Vancouver, and around 18 miles from the US border. The facility will have a total of 800 ground-level parking stalls.

Commenting on this news, Tony Santo, Chief Executive Officer for Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited said the company already operated several Cascades-branded facilities in the British Columbia, including those in Penticton, Langley, and Kamloops, and pointed out it had recently begun constructing the new facility in southern Ontario.

Santo also said the operator was looking forward to bringing a state-of-the-art entertainment destination to such a rapidly growing and dynamic community and pointed out that Gateway would bring plenty of new jobs and careers to the area through a substantial investment in Delta, along with significant economic spin-offs during the construction and beyond.

Boosting Local Economy

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited initially announced its plants build Cascades Casino Delta back in September last year, after receiving preliminary approval from the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. The approval came after an extensive review of several factors, including the market opportunity, business case, health impacts, and municipal approval process.

Delta City Council gave the green light to the Gateway’s proposal in August, but the City of Richmond filed an objection, expressing serious concerns of crime, traffic, and transportation issues with the new facility. The provincial crown corporation dismissed the objection last month, which meant there were no obstacles in finalising the approval of the new project.

Santo also thanked the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and the city of Delta, with whom the company worked closely throughout the process. He expressed his gratitude for their thoughtful diligence, and also thanked everyone in the community that attended the open houses, presentations and the public hearing earlier this year.

He pointed out their input had invaluable and had continued to enhance the project.

The construction of the new resort casino will cost an estimated $70 million, and it will bring in approximately 700 new jobs, as well as add an annual payroll of about $25 million.

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