Temporary Structure Creates Pathway For New Casino In North Carolina
The Catawba Nation is etching closer to having a casino to its name. The Catawba will achieve an important milestone this coming week as they open the long awaited temporary facility. Tribal leaders in conjunction with local, state and federal officials will grace the opening ceremony of facility. This move will give the Catawba a start in the gaming environment.
The temporary facility will act as the forerunner for a mega casino tagged Two Kings Casino Resort. The casino will cost around $273 million, and it will be located at Kings Mountain, North Carolina. As for now, the tribal nation will make do with the temporary facility that can hold 500 slot machines. The temporary casino boasts of 14,700-square-foot gaming area, stylish constructed from 29 modular trailers.
The tribal nation has interesting plans for Two Kings. The casino will come with a service bar, snack bar, and a space for food trucks to come into the property. The casino will accommodate smokers and non smokers. The casino will be smoke-free, with a specific area set aside for smoking.
Construction started for the temporary location 90 days ago. The opening ceremony will come almost a year after the tribal nation carried out a ground breaking ceremony on the site.
As it stands, the casino will employ as much as 250 people. The workforce will comprise of 25 percent tribal members, including slot technicians and so on.
Catawba Sees The Plus Side of Casino
Construction of the permanent facility will start next year. The tribal nation plans to invest close to $300 million in the development project. It will take around 12 months for the project to be completed. Two Kings is expected to house close to 2,000 slots upon its completion.
Delaware North, is working closely with Catawba. The national gaming operator will act as a consultant to the project.
Catawba clearly sees the economic benefits of developing a casino. Two Kings Casino Resort will employ close to 3,000 staffs. But the construction process will see more than 5000 jobs for the community.
An 8 Years Journey
The Catawba have had plans of constructing a casino for nearly a decade now. The tribal nation efforts to develop a casino over the years have been met with several challenges and opposition
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians strongly opposed the casino project, and even filed a lawsuit to block the casino.