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Casino plans expansion

April 27, 2016
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Four Winds Dowagiac expansion partial rendering
A partial rendering of the expanded Four Winds Dowagiac casino. Courtesy Pokegon Band of Potawatomi Indians

A casino in the region is expanding to make room for more gaming and to support its player loyalty program.

The Pokegon Band of Potawatomi Indians said today that it will add 2,700 square feet to its 27,000-square-foot Four Winds Dowagiac, located at 58700 M-51.

Construction on the casino is expected to begin this spring and finish later in the year and is not expected to affect casino operations.

The cost of the project was not disclosed.

“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, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.

Expansion project

The additional space will allow for 70 new slot machines and two table games.

The expansion will also include an "exclusive entrance" and 70 new parking spaces for players with Copper status through Four Winds’ player loyalty program.

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

Hnedak Bobo Group is the architect for the project, while the contractor is Seven Generations Construction, which is part of Mno-Bmadsen, the economic development "engine" of the Pokegon Band.

Fours Winds Dowagiac

The casino, which opened in 2013, has 300 slot machines, five table games and a restaurant that seats about 30 customers.

It is one of four Four Winds Casinos in Michigan.

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