The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria proposes to expand Graton Resort & Casino with the addition of a new 200-room hotel.

A Draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report which mentions the plan was submitted to Sonoma County recently, according to the North Bay Business Journal.

According to the project outline, the new wing will be constructed on an existing resort parking lot and be similar in height and style to the existing hotel, which it will connect to. In addition to new meeting rooms, the proposed project will reportedly include the expansion of back house space, mezzanine transfer space, the banquet area, and circulation space.

The completed design will be such that the pool will be surrounded by the expanded banquet area enabling access to other areas of the resort, according to the news agency.

During the construction phase, estimates indicate that approximately 1,000 people will be employed by the proposed project, with an additional hiring of 150 staff after the new wing opens.

Owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and operated by Las Vegas-based Station Casinos, the Graton Resort & Casino opened in 2013 and underwent a $175 million expansion that added a 200-room hotel on November 15, 2016, making it the first casino in Sonoma County to have a hotel. The property is located just outside of the city of Rohnert Park along US Route 101 in California approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, April 8 a Town Hall meeting will be held at Stony Point Christian Fellowship located at 4074 Stony Point Rd., in Santa Rosa. The meeting will address the possible environmental impacts of the project on the surrounding neighborhood and mitigation measures, according to the news agency.

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