The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has announced they expect groundbreaking to begin on renovations for the Ojibwa Casino of Baraga and the Ojibwa II of Marquette to begin sometime early next month. A total of $40 million will be spent in regards to the renovations. A press release by the Community stated that the $40 million investment for the properties will enhance the overall guest experience as well as place the two venues in a unique position within the Upper Peninsula gaming market.
The projects are expected to be completed late next year or by early 2018. $6.5 million will be spent on the Baraga casino while the majority of the cash, $33.5 million, will be spent within the Marquette venue. With the Marquette expansion, a three star hotel will be added with 80 guest rooms along with a 1,200 seat entertainment complex. Three branded restaurants will be included along with a conference facility and 500 additional slot games.
The Baraga casino will use the smaller investment to provide a facelift to the venue, expanding the gaming facility and upgrading other areas of the infrastructure. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in Marquette on the 6th of December while the Baraga groundbreaking ceremony will take place the next day, on the 7th.