HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 12KBIC SEEKS GOVERNOR’S APPROVAL FOR RELOCATING CASINO

On  Monday, April 18, 2016, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (“Tribe”) announced that it would seek Governor Rick Snyder’s reconsideration to relocate its Ojibwe Casino in Marquette to an airport property that the Tribe purchased in 1999. According to the Tribe, in 2013, the Governor would not agree to move the casino.

“Governor Snyder had previously expressed interest in KBIC’s proposal, but unfortunately the community and state were not able to reach common agreement,” stated the Governor Snyder’s press secretary. “Per the community’s letter from this week, the governor is amenable to reopening that discussion now.”

Notably, on Saturday, December 12, the Tribe’s membership approved two casino proposals totaling $40M located in Baraga and Marquette in the Upper Peninsula via ballot vote.

Tribal members were asked whether an estimated $28 million should be spent by the tribe on a new casino and hotel, which would be built next to the current OjibwaCasino in Baraga. The second proposal voted on was a $12 million investment in new casino facilities in Marquette in addition to renovating the existing casino space.

In January, the Tribe sought two feasibility studies to be performed by Global Market Advisors (“GMA”) regarding the Tribe’s two casinos. The group assisted the Tribe with a casino and hotel market assessment for potential expansion.

According to GMA’s study, the $20M Ojibwa Casino Baraga proposal includes demolishing and rebuilding the current resort with an upgraded casino and the ability to expand the number of gaming devices by 25%, in addition to adding a 75-room hotel and other amenities. The study projects a $3.8M increase in profit in the first full year of operation.

Similarly, GMA’s study of the Ojibwa Casino Marquette includes demolishing and rebuilding the current casino and the ability to expand the number of gaming devices by 25%; however, it does not recommend a hotel. GMA projects an increase in profit in the first full year of operation of $2.5M. Financing for both projects would be secured using the Tribe’s Trust Accounts.

According to Casino City, Ojibwa Casino Marquette’s 13,500 square foot gaming space currently features 293 gaming machines and 11 table games. The Ojibwa Casino Baraga’s 17,000 square foot gaming space includes 316 gaming machines and 9 table games.

For more information, please visit: www.ojibwacasino.com.



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