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Casino plans $100M expansion

October 16, 2019
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A casino in the area has unveiled plans for a major expansion.

The Gun Lake Tribe and Gun Lake Casino released today details of a $100-million expansion projected to open in the summer of 2021. 

Preliminary site work is now underway on the project that will bring new dining and entertainment options, as well as additional gaming space to the casino in Wayland Township. 

“We have undergone a careful and detailed process to understand how to best serve the needs of our current guests — and enhanced dining, entertainment and gaming amenities are a high priority,” said Sal Semola, president and COO, Gun Lake Casino. 

“These great new amenities will provide new experiences for our guests as part of our continued effort to make Gun Lake Casino the premier entertainment destination in western Michigan.”

The expansion will add 72,000 square feet to the existing 156,000-square-foot-facility. It will bring the total tribal investment in the Gun Lake Casino property to $415 million. 

The project includes new building space going south toward 129th Avenue to enlarge the gaming floor and high-limit gaming areas. Gaming offerings will increase with 450 more slot machines, 12 new table games and a larger non-smoking area. 

Stage 131 will double in size providing an improved entertainment experience with more seating, a new outdoor patio area and offer a new dining service. 

Two additional upscale restaurants will be included in the expansion. More details about the restaurants will be provided closer to the grand-opening date.     

JCJ Architecture will serve as lead designer for the expansion project, and Clark Construction has been hired to serve as the project’s construction manager.

Construction will begin in the coming weeks, and the parking area south of the building, closest to 129th Avenue, will be closed during construction. Signage will be erected to direct property visitors to parking areas, such as the covered parking garage on the north side of the facility.  

Gun Lake Casino has expanded multiple times since opening in 2011, including a $76-million, 73,000-square-foot expansion completed in 2017.

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