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Gun Lake Casino announces $100 million expansion

A rendering of what the expansion to the south side of Gun Lake Casino will look like when the project is expected to finish in summer 2021.

Taylor Owens

Staff Writer


Preliminary site work is already underway on a $100 million, 72,000-square-foot expansion to Gun Lake Casino.

The new area, set to open summer 2021, will add new building space south toward 129th Avenue, the casino announced in a press release Wednesday.

The project will add 450 slot machines, 12 new game tables, two restaurants and 125 new employees. The entertainment area called Stage 131 will double in size, providing more seating, a new outdoor patio area and offer a new dining service.

“We are proud of the effort of our team members that has driven the continued success of Gun Lake Casino and our tribe’s contributions to Michigan’s economy in the last eight years,” Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Gun Lake Tribe Chairman Bob Peters said. “These expansion plans allow us to build on these efforts and provide even more employment opportunities and increased economic impact in our local communities.”

The casino has undergone multiple expansions since opening in 2011. The 156,000-square-foot casino currently employs 1,100 people, and features more than 2,000 slot machines, 47 table games, a 225-seat café and a 300-seat buffet, along with bars and lounges.

The expansion brings the total tribal investment in the Gun Lake Casino property to $415 million.

 “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,” Gun Lake President and Chief Operating Officer Sal Semola said. “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.”

Officials from the tribe and casino said they explored options for the expansion by engaging with internal senior leadership, outside gaming and hospitality research experts and industry leading casino resort architects.

A total of 300 construction jobs are expected to be created during the building timeline of the expansion.

Clark Construction has been hired to serve as construction manager of the project, and JCJ Architecture has been hired as the lead designer.

Construction will begin soon, they said.

The parking area south of the building, closest to 129th Avenue, which is M179, 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.

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