California | Openings & Closings

Pechanga Band reaches midway point of $285M casino expansion

A ceremonial oak tree is hoisted to the top of a new hotel wing at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in Temecula, California. Photo: Pechanga Resort & Casino

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians celebrated a major milestone as it reached the midway point of $285 million casino expansion project.

The tribe held a topping-off ceremony on Wednesday at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. An oak tree -- symbolic in Pechanga culture and history -- was hoisted to the top of a new 14-story, 568-room hotel at the facility in southern California.

“Once this development is completed, Pechanga will be the biggest Native American-owned resort casino on the West Coast,” Edith Atwood, the president of the Pechanga Development Corporation, said at the ceremony, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

The new hotel brings the total number of rooms at the casino to nearly 1,100. The facility also will see a 67,000 square-foot events center, a 23,000-square-foot building with a spa, salon and fitness center, new restaurants and a four-acre pool complex.

The hotel, spa and other amenities are expected to open by December, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The pool is due to open in early 2018, the paper said.

Read More on the Story:
Pechanga tops off its new hotel wing (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 4/19)
Pechanga's $285M expansion at midway point (The San Diego Union-Tribune 4/19)

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