In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Island Resort & Casino will soon see some major changes after getting the green light on a $30 million expansion.
Announced on Wednesday by the casino, the Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council approved what will be the property’s second major expansion within five years after having invested some $8 million on a project that included a new full-service spa and a second golf course, among other updates, that began in 2015.
According to a Wednesday report from news station WLUC…
….the current expansion will include the addition of 100-plus hotel rooms that will connect to the south end of the existing 11-story Palm Tower, along with a lobby and three guest elevators, while convention space and an upscale dining venue are planned for the top floor.
Also included in the $30 million expansion is a pool with water park features for children and young adults under the age of 18.
According to the news agency, construction is scheduled to start in June and is expected to be completed sometime in 2021.
Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi Nation, the Island Resort & Casino invested $8 million in expansion and renovations from 2015-2017, adding a new sports bar, T. McC’s, the new Drift Spa on the hotel’s second floor, and a second golf course, Sage Run Golf Club, which opened in 2017 some 12 years after the award-winning Sweetgrass golf course debuted.
In addition to the above-mentioned amenities, currently, the property offers a total of 326 guest rooms, which includes 14 “luxury” suites, a 42-site RV Park, gift shop, salon, indoor saltwater pool and whirlpool, 7 restaurants and bars, and a 13,000 sq ft convention center. The 55,000 sq ft casino features approximately 1,200 slots and 32 table games including a 6-table poker room.
Located about 80 miles north, the Ojibwa Casino in Marquette County recently completed part of its $34 million casino expansion project after years of delays. The completed phase of the renovation and expansion features a 1,200-seat amphitheater and convention space with enough room for 400 seats, along with a bar/lounge with live entertainment, one of two new restaurants and 500 slot machines, up from its previous 280-plus.
The current phase of the casino project was originally slated to include a much-needed hotel, however, that part of the initial plan was reportedly not feasible.