Cascades Casino Delta Could Open in 2020
The Cascades Casino Delta project has been in the works for several years. However, it appears that the casino development is finally moving forward. The Delta City Council gave its stamp of approval, and construction is supposed to begin in the very near future.
It seems unlikely that next year will see the $70 million casino and entertainment facility finished. Nevertheless, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment has set a tentative opening date of October or November 2020.
Ready to Start
More than one month ago, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure approved the civil works plan for the Cascades Casino Delta.
At that time, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, the company in charge of the project, had been awaiting that approval to begin the demolition of the current (and closed) Delta Town and Country Inn. It would then be able to start construction on the new casino and hotel.
Gateway CEO Tony Santo said, according to the Daily Hive: “We are very excited to finally be starting construction of the new Cascades Casino Delta. We look forward to bringing this state-of-the-art entertainment destination to such a vibrant and rapidly growing community.”
That was in mid-April.
Cascades Casino Delta Details
The Cascades Casino Delta will consist of a 42,227-square-foot casino floor that will offer as many as 500 slot machines and 24 table games. It will be next to a five-story hotel with 124 guest rooms. The casino development was all designed by IBI Group Architects.
After six months of operation, the regulator will review the facility, operations, and revenue. It could then decide to reduce or increase the number of gaming machines or the types of gaming allowed.
The property will house several restaurant options, including Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish, plus a buffet. Match and Atlas will also have seasonal outdoor patio seating areas.
The 11 acres upon which the redevelopment will happen is south of the George Massey Tunnel at the intersection of Highway 99 and Highway 17A.
Back in late 2018, the project received its approval by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC). It wasn’t an easy process, as there was quite a bit of investigation into the project. In addition, hearings were held with the public to determine how the community would react.
Not everyone was pleased. The nearby city of Richmond reportedly objected with numerous concerns. These included crime, traffic, and transportation among others. This approval process was subsequently extended as the BCLC has to authorise a non-binding dispute resolution process and work with an independent mediator to work out the details. The mediator ultimately reported back to BCLC in October 2018. It stated that Richmond did not have documentation to support its concerns, so their objection was dropped.
The BCLC ultimately gave approval following; “extensive reviews of the market opportunity, business case, health impacts and municipal approval process to ensure that the project meets legislated requirements under the Gaming Control Act.”
The hope is that the annual revenue from the Cascades Casino Delta, along with the hotel, would deliver close to $3 million in annual revenue.
At the time, Gateway insisted that the demolition and construction process would begin in early 2019.
Cascades Casino Delta Moving Along Nicely
Just this week, the Delta Optimist subsequently wrote that construction “is moving along nicely” as per a Gateway spokesperson. The latest estimation puts the opening in late fall of 2020.
The old building’s destruction is now complete.
Delta Mayor George Harvie wants the project done and doesn’t want to necessarily throw a wrench into it. However, he had a request earlier in 2019 that he would still like to see taken seriously. He wants a cashless casino at the Cascades Casino Delta.
He wants the casino to consider using only electronic transactions, both for table games and slot machines. This is in the hope of reducing any chances of money laundering.
Harvie has been pushing for a delegation of city officials to accompany him to Ottawa to meet with federal government officials about cashless casinos, beginning with the Cascades Casino Delta. He wants to “demonstrate leadership on this issue” of preventing money laundering and implementing better responsible gambling measures. Tracking systems and the absence of cash would move casino gambling in that direction.
It is unclear if the trip to Ottawa has taken place. However, Harvie is unlikely to give up his quest. And with the casino not set to open until late 2020, there is time for him to push officials toward the cashless option.