The Forest County Potawatomi Community broke ground on a second hotel tower at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on December 14, 2017. Photo: Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

Forest County Potawatomi Community starts work on $80 million hotel at casino

The Forest County Potawatomi Community broke ground on an $80 million hotel tower at its casino in Wisconsin.

The 19-story tower, the second at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, adds another 119 rooms to the facility in Milwaukee, bringing the total number of rooms to 500. Work is expected to be complete in the spring of 2019.

"This expansion marks another example of growth in Potawatomi's footprint here in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley," Rodney Ferguson, the chief operating officer and general manager at the casino, said during the December 14 ceremony, he Milwaukee Business Journal reported. "Since opening up the bingo hall on a snowy day in March more than 26 years ago, this property has grown and made a profound impact in areas of entertainment, tourism and economic development in Milwaukee and the surrounding region."

The casino is located just a couple of miles from downtown Milwaukee. In1990, it was the first to be approved under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The casino is normally open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But it underwent a temporary closure on Sunday evening for a "systems upgrade," a post on Twitter read. It's due to reopen at 10am on Monday.

Read More on the Story:
Potawatomi breaks ground on second tower (The Milwaukee Business Journal December 14, 2017)
Officials hold groundbreaking ceremony for Potawatomi Hotel expansion (WISN December 14, 2017)
Potawatomi breaks ground for second hotel tower (BizTimes Milwaukee December 14, 2017)
$80 million investment: Potawatomi Hotel and Casino breaks ground on new tower (FOX6Now December 14, 2017)
Groundbreaking ceremony held for Potawatomi Hotel expansion (WDJT December 14, 2017)

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