In central California and officials for Tulare County have reportedly approved a transportation refurbishment plan that is set to see the jurisdiction spend around $200,000 so as to improve access to the site for the relocating Eagle Mountain Casino.
According to a Monday report from The Porterville Recorder newspaper, the move from the Tulare County Board of Supervisors is part of a wide-raging program that will involve approximately $66.5 million being employed over the course of the next twelve months on improving area bridges and roads.
Last year saw the United States Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs approve a land-into-trust petition from the Tule River Indian Tribe relating to a 40-acre plot of land located on the southern outskirts of the city of Porterville. The federally-recognized tribe is now planning to bring an enlarged version of its Eagle Mountain Casino to this site complete with a 250-room hotel, a multi-purpose events center, conference facilities and around 36,000 sq ft of food and beverage space.
The Porterville Recorder reported that the entire scheme to improve access to the site for the coming California tribal casino is expected to cost roughly $2.8 million with the Tule River Indian Tribe set to contribute an unspecified amount as part of a memorandum of understanding it inked with Tulare County in January.
The Tule River Indian Tribe reportedly earlier detailed that it is hoping its new casino will moreover feature a 105,000 sq ft gaming floor while it intends to eventually re-purpose its existing smaller casino, which is located about 15 miles to the west, to house a range of internal tribal offices.
The newspaper earlier reported that the Tule River Indian Tribe began plans to relocate its sole casino in 2016 owing to water deficit concerns and is currently involved in talks with the administration of California Governor Gavin Newsom regarding an improved Class III gaming compact for the planned facility.