The Pokagon Band Of Potawatomi Indians have announced plans to double the size of their Four Winds Dowagiac casino in order to make room for 70 additional slot machines alongside two more gaming tables.

The expansion project for the 27,000 sq ft casino in the south-western corner of Michigan will also see the venue fitted with a new entrance along with 70 exclusive parking spaces for certain members of its loyalty programme.

“The expansion of Four Winds Dowagiac not only demonstrates the success of our Four Winds Casinos but also our continued economic development, which is responsible for providing important services to Pokagon Citizens including housing, education, family services, medical care, and cultural preservation,” said John Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band Of Potawatomi Indians.

One of three casinos in the Four Winds chain operated by the tribe in Michigan, Four Winds Dowagiac currently hosts 300 slot machines along with five table games and a Timbers restaurant that can seat approximately 30 people. The Cass County venue opened in April of 2013 and also features a non-smoking area offering 20 slots.

“This expansion is a direct response to players who have asked for more games at Four Winds Dowagiac,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer at Four Winds Casinos. “We are also pleased to extend exclusive benefits to our Copper Members through a private entrance and parking area.”

The Pokagon Band Of Potawatomi Indians declared that it expects to break ground on the expansion soon without any disruption to current operations while completion is envisaged before the end of the year.

“We’ve enjoyed a good working relationship with the Pokagon Band and wish them continued success with the expansion of Four Winds Dowagiac,” said Linda Preston, Supervisor for Pokagon Township. “Since opening three years ago, the casino has created a variety of new jobs and had a positive economic impact on the area.”