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Casino begins $76M expansion

April 12, 2016
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Gun Lake Casino expansion rendering game room
A rendering of a game room at the expanded Gun Lake Casino in Wayland. Courtesy Gun Lake Tribe

A casino in the area has hit the jackpot as it proceeds with a $76-million expansion project that will nearly double its space, add amenities and create jobs.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe, said today that its expansion at Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, at 1123 129th Ave., is underway.

The project is anticipated to add 100 team members to the casino's staff, bringing its employment to more than 900 people.

Construction work should be completed by next summer.

The casino is operated by MPM Enterprises.

The project

The project will add roughly 73,000 square feet to the 83,000-square-foot casino and bring its total footprint to 156,000 square feet.

The expansion will accommodate a number of new amenities: a new high-limit gaming room; a 300 seat, upscale buffet restaurant; and a relocated Stage 131 entertainment lounge twice its current size, which is intended to attract regional entertainers, as well as local musicians.

The project will increase the number of electronic gaming machines to 2,050 and table games to 42.

Gun Lake Casino team members will also have access to a new dining room, lounge, break room, café and personal lockers.

John Shagonaby, CEO of the Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Authority, said the project is a major step forward in the development of Gun Lake Casino as a top-tier gaming entertainment venue.

“The addition of more gaming space, premier buffet dining and headline entertainers puts our property on par with any in the Midwest,” Shagonaby said.

Impact

Ed Pigeon, acting chairman of the tribe and casino board, said the expansion project will produce economic growth and more career opportunities for tribal citizens and friends and neighbors in West Michigan.

“We are proud to make a significant investment in our property for the enjoyment of guests, which in turn will bring increased benefits to the local community,” Pigeon said.

The tribe added that construction phase is expected to employ between 300 and 400 people.

Construction details

Although the Gun Lake Tribe officially released project details today, the tribe said it officially broke ground on the project in January.

The construction team, which is led by Lansing-based Clark Construction Company, has now begun demolition and foundation work for the project.

The casino’s northwest parking lot will be closed during construction.

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