More than eight years after the project was first announced, the Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) broke ground on the permanent, full-scale home for its Desert Diamond West Valley Casino. The new facility will feature a 75,000 square-foot casino floor with Class III slot machines, poker and blackjack tables, and live bingo as well as five restaurants. Construction of the $400 million project will last an estimated 24 months.
Construction of the project is being headed by the Hunt/Penta Joint Venture as general contractor and will create over 1,500 construction jobs. Once complete, the full-scale casino will employ approximately 1,600 people. The facility is located on 54 acres of reservation land near the cities of Glendale and Peoria, Ariz. The full-scale casino will complement the region's vibrant sports and entertainment attractions, including Glendale's Westgate Entertainment District and Peoria's P83 Entertainment District.
"This facility will provide jobs and economic opportunity for members of the Tohono O'odham Nation, the West Valley, and Arizona," said Edward Manuel, chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation. "The Nation is proud of the partnerships we have forged in the region, which will only strengthen and grow as we move forward."
TOGE is also planning future phases of construction once the permanent casino is complete, including a hotel, spa and other resort amenities. Once fully built out, the resort and casino will occupy over one million square-feet and create more than 3,000 jobs.
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