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Lone Butte and Gila River Community Casino to Relocate to New Location

On July 11, 2007, the Lone Butte Casino facility will triple their current facility size when they move to their new facility located on Kyrene Road south of Chandler, adding new dining facilities, a bingo parlor and more slot machines to the new gaming location.

The details on the casino's plan came after last Friday, when the Gila River Indian Community decided to relocate their gambling casino facility within the same area at the Lone Butte Business Park located at the south of the Santan Freeway instead of their previous plan to move their casino facility to Gilbert Road, which is just south of the Hunt Highway.

The change of location solved a brewing conflict within the neighborhoods southeast of Chandler, but will likely set back the grand opening of the new casino establishment by a few months, according to Dale Gutenson, the Executive Director of the Casino Team of the Gila River Indian Community.

Gutenson commented that the brand new $60 million Lone Butte establishment will feature a bingo facility with a 750 seating capacity, 680 slot machines, a poker area, 2 restaurants and a food court.

The current casino facility has a deli and 450 slot machines, but no bingo parlor. The Lone Butte Casino needs a new place because the Gila River Indian community is planning to relocate to the bigger Wild Horse Pass Casino nearer to Interstate 10 since state regulations require casinos to be at least a mile and a half apart from each other.

Some Chandler residents have sent emails to the city officials, voicing their objection to the Kyrene Road location. The Gilbert Road location was near neighborhoods and far from major roadways.

The new location is far away from the neighborhoods by the highways and is near the freeway exit. Chandler has no authority on the tribal land, but Mayor Boyd Dunn commented that the Gilbert Road location is lacking in transportation and is not compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods.

Dunn said that the Kyrene Road is compatible to the casino. The final casino site location has not been selected yet but the community is still looking on the Kyrene Road location on the Lone Butte Business Park, according to Gutenson. The brand new Lone Butte Casino is expected to open for business on 2008 and the Wild Horse Pass in 2009.


07/22/2007 22:59 PM


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