MADERA, Calif. (aiexpress) – A new casino is finally coming to fruition after a long-awaited two decades. The North Fork Rancheria of Madera County announced on Thursday that the project will be built between Madera and Chowchilla in California.
On Thursday, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California (Tribe or NFR) and its development partner, SC Madera Management LLC, announced the approval of a Management Agreement. This milestone marks the successful conclusion of the multi-decade administrative approval process undertaken by the Tribe at the local, state, and federal levels. Additionally, the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission has given his approval to the Third Amended and Restated Management Agreement for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California project.
The North Fork Mono Casino & Resort project is set to include a spacious 100,000-square-foot casino, offering a wide array of entertainment options. With over 2,000 slot and video poker machines, as well as 40 table games like blackjack, Pai Gow, and Three-card Poker, there will be no shortage of excitement. In addition to the gaming facilities, guests can indulge in a variety of dining and beverage options. The property will also provide ample parking and convenient access from Highway 99, ensuring a hassle-free experience for visitors.
“The North Fork Rancheria is thrilled about the endorsement of the Management Contract alongside our development ally, Station Casinos,” expressed Fred Beihn, Chairperson of the North Fork Rancheria. “Our Tribe is immensely grateful to have a partner that strongly upholds the values of tribal sovereignty and is dedicated to ensuring that our Tribe and community reap the maximum advantages of tribal gaming.”
Furthermore, authorities claim that the North Fork Mono Casino & Resort will not only offer hospitality choices for the area but also create numerous high-paying positions. Additionally, it will contribute significantly to the community by investing in public safety, schools, parks, housing, economic development, local charities, and more. The casino’s workforce is projected to expand to more than 1,000 team members in the future.
The officials have revealed that the project has been in the works for over two decades. Construction is anticipated to commence later this year, in 2024. The Tribe, along with its development partner, has not yet disclosed the groundbreaking date or the final specifics regarding construction financing. However, they estimate that once construction begins, it will take approximately 15-18 months to finish.