Despite there has been no word from the BCLC, Delta has decided to stick with its preferred site to develop its potential casino.
Canada.- Richmond’s objection has been ignored as Delta has announced it will stick to its preferred site to develop its penny slots casino in the British Columbia. Despite having no word on wether the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) will support its choice, Delta Town and Country Inn site has been chosen to host a casino at the junction of highways 17A and 99, just south of the Fraser river.
The BCLC chose Delta through an evaluation committee that considered it as the top district regarding its strong market potential, community plans and transportation access, news outlet Delta Optimist reported.
The new facility, which will be a relocation of Surrey’s Newton Community Gaming Centre, will include more gambling and entertainment options rather than being just a bingo hall. In case it doesn’t hold on to the operation, the venue will be leased by the current service provider, Gateway Casinos Entertainment Ltd, on BCLC’s behalf.
The BCLC had previously “expressed concerns” about Delta’s preferred site following Richmond vocing opposition. They commented that the Town & Country site “is not a suitable location due to its distance from the identified market opportunity and its proximity to the River Rock Casino Resort.”
However, Mayor Lois Jackson commented that Delta says it’s the most suitable place for a potencial casino and added: “Council passed a resolution to that effect and we haven’t changed it. That would have to come before council. Things might be slow at the moment with the change in government.”