Delta City Council Says ‘Yes’ to Gateway’s $70 Million Casino Proposal
Following the fourth and final public hearing, held on July 30th, the Delta City Council has given the green light for Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd proposed casino.
According to available information, the construction of the proposed $70 million Cascades Casino Delta should start this fall, and the only thing needed to get the works underway is the final approval from the provincial crown corporation, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).
Hearings and Consultations
Back in September last year, Gateway was given the green light by the BCLC to move its Newton Community Gaming Centre, located in Surry, to a brand-new entertainment complex.
Two months later, the gaming company officially applied to the Municipal Council of Delta. Since November 2017, a series of public hearings been held to get the feedback on the company’s proposal. These hearings were organised by Gateway Casinos and the City of Delta, with the latter holding three public consultations in 2017 and one in 2018, while three public information meetings were organised in February.
Now, the renowned brand will be present at another location in British Columbia, in addition to its existing properties in Kamloops, Langley, and Penticton.
An Important Project for the Local Community
Nine acres of the entire 10.8-acre property will be used for the casino building and parking lots, while the remaining 1.8 acres will be used as green space. This $70 million worth 200,000 square foot facility will employ up to 700 people, once the entire complex is completed.
According to plans, The Cascades Casino Delta complex will consist of a premium hotel with 124 rooms, Atlas Steak + Fish, The Buffet and Match Eatery & Public House restaurants, live entertainment and a gaming floor with up to 500 video slot machines and 24 table games. It should be noted that the actual content of the gaming floor will be subsequently determined by the BCLC.
Gateway Chief Executive Officer Tony Santo thanked Mayor Jackson and the Delta City Council and the dedicated staff for their thoughtful consideration of this project throughout the approvals process.
He said the final approval was a big step forward in delivering the new Cascades Casino Delta.
Santo also thanked the Delta community for their participation in the multiple open house sessions, community events, and public information sessions, and their support and excitement about the jobs and investment this project will bring to Delta.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd is one of the biggest names in the Canadian gaming entertainment industry. After being awarded bundles in Ontario, back in May last year, the company now operates a total of 11 gaming properties in the country’s most populous province.
Earlier this year, Gateway signed a new Casino Operating and Services Agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG). Under the provisions of this deal, Gateway acquired the assets of OLG’s Central Gaming Bundle, and as a result, it entered into leases for Casino Rama Resort Oand LG Slots at Georgian Downs.