Band of Pomo Indians
is set to acquire a property adjacent to its Class II gaming facility in California, The East Bay Times reports.
The tribe plans to buy the 10.8-acre site for $13 million, the paper said. The land, which currently houses a defunct hospital, will be used as a parking lot for the San Pablo Lytton Casino
, an attorney told the paper.
The casino itself has long been controversial because the site was placed in trust
by Congress in 2000
. Typically the land-into-trust process takes years to complete and requires some form of review by the federal government.
In the tribe's case, there wasn't even a Congressional hearing on the acquisition provision, which survived a legal challenge.
As a result, attempts to expand the facility beyond its current footprint have been met with opposition. But attorney Larry Stidham told The East Bay Times there are "no plans" to use the 10.8-acre site for an expansion.
The tribe would like to offer Class III games like slot machines but that faces opposition as well too. The tribe has since made promises not to use other newly acquired lands for gaming.
The casino remains the closest, in terms of distance, to the San Francisco metropolitan area.
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(The East Bay Times September 8, 2017)
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