Chumash Tribe to break ground on casino expansion in October

This artist's rendering shows the hotel tower at the Chumash Casino Resort. Image from Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California plans to start work on a $160 million casino expansion next month.

The tribe will be adding a hotel tower with 215 rooms to the Chumash Casino Resort. There will also be 75,000 additional square-feet of gaming space, a 20,000 square-foot pool deck, new food and beverage venues and a parking garage with 584 spaces.

As part of the project, the tribe will be renovating 150,000 square-feet of existing space at the facility. Construction is expected to be complete sometime in 2016.

This artist's rendering shows the pool deck at the Chumash Casino Resort. Image from Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

“We are pleased with the high-caliber team we put together for our project,” Chairman Vincent Armenta said in a press release. He said contracts were awarded to Tutor Perini Building Corp., Delawie and Summit Project Management.

“Tutor Perini has established a strong reputation by executing large complex projects on time and within budget while adhering to strict quality control measures," Armenta said. "Delawie has developed a particular expertise in tribal Native American hotel resorts and casinos, and brings proven expertise to every project they undertake. Summit has successfully provided owner’s representative and project management services to Native American clients since 2000.”

The expansion has been controversial within the local community. The tribe finalized an environmental evaluation for the project even as the state asked for a more thorough analysis.

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