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7 Cedars Casino expands

by MATTHEW NASH
Sequim Gazette

Plans are in place for expanding the 7 Cedars Casino in 2011.

Ron Allen, chairman of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, announced the addition on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The project builds an additional 35 feet onto the existing bingo hall, a new lounge and restaurant and more gaming machines.

Jerry Allen, CEO of the casino, said he expects financing coming in about a week without any hurdles.
Construction tentatively begins March 1, 2011, with an August completion. Everyday use for the renovated bingo hall still is being planned.

“It’s going to put a lot more pressure on the casino because more people will want to go over to the newly remodeled part,” Ron Allen said.

He noted the expansion would give tribal staff a sense of how they can accomplish the next steps, including their proposed resort, parking structure and multiple other projects.

“You will see a resort in five years,” Ron Allen said. “Five years is aggressive but why not?”

Before they proceed with the resort, they’ll be investigating plans for increasing water and sewer services in the next year or two.

The parking structure, estimated at $10 million, would be built before the resort. Its tentative plans propose going partially underground and accommodating 600 vehicles.

Ron Allen said they are slowly chipping away at financing the resort. Its design proposes two towers with 300 rooms total.

“It’s going to be a four-star resort,” he said. “It’s going to be a year-round resource and a magnet for the local economy.”

Other projects

The Allen brothers both said there are a number of projects in development but years from implementation.

Ron Allen said he wants to build the expansion, check the economy and go from there.

Jerry Allen said the Longhouse Market and Deli has been very successful and another gas station with high volume pumps for large vehicles like RVs is a possibility on tribal land closer to Diamond Point on U.S. Highway 101.

Building an RV park on Miller Peninsula is another possibility but a long ways down the road, he said.

Expanding The Cedars at Dungeness golf course is a possibility, too, with tentative plans for a nine-hole academy training golf course to promote and bring in new golfers.

“The target is not where you are but where you are going,” Ron Allen said.

The 7 Cedars Casino is located at 270756 Highway 101, Blyn, and can be reached at 683-7777.

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

 

 

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