Yocha Dehe Tribal Chairman Leland Kinter answers important questions about the Cache Creek Casino Resort hotel expansion.
Chairman Kinter, why does the hotel need to be expanded?
"Since we opened Cache Creek Casino Resort in 2004, we have been fortunate to have strong customer support from both within Yolo County and from the surrounding region. But, the limited number of hotel rooms at the resort and in the surrounding area has frequently left us unable to provide accommodations to guests who wanted to stay the night rather than drive home. It has also limited our ability to offer rooms for other local needs. By expanding the hotel, we hope to finally be able to offer more rooms to both resort guests and others who come to visit our beautiful area."
How do you believe this will impact the Capay Valley and Yolo County communities?
"The hotel project would be a significant investment in our local community and a boost for the local economy. The hotel project would bring some 200 new permanent full-time jobs with benefits and up to 500 construction jobs as it is completed. The new hotel would be a resource for local events outside of the resort, including an important place to stay for visitors coming to enjoy our growing agritourism industry."
How much will the Cache Creek Casino Resort be growing?
"The hotel expansion would add up to 459 rooms, along with a pool facility, restaurant, additional meeting space and multipurpose ballroom. No additional gaming space is planned. As in all of our projects, we are focused on doing all we can to protect the land and preserve open space. We would not take any new open land or farm acreage for this expansion. The updated hotel would stand within the footprint of the current facility, on already developed land, using a portion of the south parking lot."
Will you be adding more gaming space as a part of this expansion?
"There would be no expansion of the resort's gaming floor in this project. This would be an addition of hotel rooms, along with new food and beverage space, meeting area, and a pool."
You mentioned this would be a significant investment in the Resort and in the community. How much do you expect this will cost?
"We still have many final decisions and refinements to make as the project moves forward, but we estimate this investment would be around $200 million."
How long do you think it will take to complete and when will construction start?
"We expect construction would begin in early 2017, and take approximately two years to complete."
Will this project affect the open space and beauty of the Capay Valley?
"The beautiful Capay Valley is home for the Yocha Dehe people as well as our neighbors, and together we share a deep concern that the open space, land and environment be protected.
That's why we are happy to say this project would not take up any new open space or farmland. The updated hotel would remain within the footprint of the existing developed land, using a portion of the south parking lot.
The larger hotel would match the aesthetic of the current hotel, using colors that complement the beauty of the land and finish quality and high building standards exemplified by other projects like our Séka Hills Olive Mill and Tasting Room and Yocha Dehe Golf Club."
How much added traffic do you expect this expanded hotel to generate?
"We have completed a draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report (TEIR), which the public can review and offer comment. (A link is posted at cachecreek.com.) Traffic is among the issues the TEIR addresses. We believe that being able to have more guests stay the night rather than drive home will ease traffic flows. But if there are impacts, we will mitigate them."
How can I learn more about this?
"As I mentioned, we have completed a draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report (TEIR), which the public is invited to review and offer comment. (A link is posted at cachecreek.com.) We will continue to share updates with our community and neighbors about the project and its impacts as the project moves forward. The latest information about this project is available at www.cachecreek.com and www.yochadehe.org."
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