Groundbreaking set for west Michigan tribal casino

Wayland Township, Michigan  (AP) 9-09

A tribe will break ground on a west Michigan casino during September.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, says ground will be broken Sept. 17 on a $157 million, 83,000-square-foot facility.

The tribe says the planned construction will take 10 to 12 months and is about half the size of the project initially proposed. Tribal Chairman D.K. Sprague said the casino may expand as the economy recovers.

The tribe says the facility will boast 1,200 slot machines and 36 table games and will create 600 direct jobs, as well as 750 construction jobs.

A judge during August cleared the way for the tribe to use the land in Allegan County’s Wayland Township.