The Agua Caliente Band of
is making progress on plans for a third gaming facility in
Plans call for a 125,000 square-foot facility on a 13.6-acre site in Cathedral City. The casino would take up 65,000 square-feet, with another 60,000 square-feet used for restaurants, retail, office and governmental space, according to a draft Environmental Assessment/Tribal Environmental Impact Report
released last October.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs
took comments on the environmental assessment for the tribe's land-into-trust application through December 3, 2018, according to a public notice
from the time. The next step would be a final environmental assessment, though there is no timeline for a decision from the federal agency.
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The tribe, meanwhile, is seeking to enter into two agreements with Cathedral City to address the impacts of the casino, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reported. One requires the tribe to pay $150,000 per year for emergency services and $500,000 per year for road repairs over 10 years, for a total of $6.5 million, KESQ reported.
The intergovernmental agreement and the memorandum of understanding
are being considered at a city council meeting
on Wednesday evening. The items are among the last on the agenda.
Generally, land acquired after the passage of the Indian
Gaming Regulatory Act
in 1988 can't be used for a casino. But that doesn't
apply when the land is contiguous an existing reservation.
In the case of the Agua Caliente Band, the site in Cathedral City
is contiguous to the reservation, according to the BIA.
The tribe operates the Spa Resort Casino
Springs and the Agua
Caliente Casino Resort Spa
in Rancho Mirage. Cathedral City is located
between those two facilities.
The tribe's Class III gaming
was amended in 2016 to authorize up to four additional casinos. The
agreement specifically envisioned facilities on sites contiguous to the
Read More on the Story
Cathedral City considers pacts with Agua Caliente tribe for casino at Hwy 111, Date Palm
(The Palm Springs Desert Sun August 28, 2019)
Cathedral City Council to consider new agreement with Agua Caliente
(KESQ August 28, 2019)
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