The development of the US$33.5 million Marquette Ojibwa II Casino’s expansion in Chocolay Township is set to begin on July 24.
US.- The Marquette Ojibwa II Casino in Chocolay Township, Michigan, is ready to begin its expansion on July 24. The US$33.5 million development was announced in November and will add an hotel, a restaurant and an events center.
According to The Mining Journal, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians’ is ready to begin one of their two renovation processes announced for their two gaming facilities. The construction plans for the Marquette County and the Baraga gaming facilities will cost over US$40 million dollars.
The casino section of the project is projected to start operations on September 1, 2018, as KBIC officials said at a recent town hall in Harvey (Marquette County). The project includes a three-story 76-room hotel, a restaurant, a quick eats grill, and a 1,200-seat events center. According to the media outlet, the entire project is expected to be completed by December 31, 2018.
Don Wren, General Manager of the casinos said that it’s important to them to be able to transform the small gaming hall into something the wonderful for them as well as the community. Wren told The Mining Journal that the current casino area will become a 400-seat convention center that should bring in visitors from outside Michigan’s Upper Penninsula (U.P.). That is important to the facility because it will attract people who don’t live in the U.P. and can experience the area from a business standpoint, he said.
The new casino section will house about 500 slot machins, an improvement over its current 289 offer, Wren explained and said there will also be table games. Besise, the expansion could also cause an addition of more than 50 workers to the casino.
Meanwhile, the Baraga casino is expected to be completed in March 2018. The facility is runnung about a month behind schedule, according to a May report, and is receiving more than US$5 million in updates.