Despite two pending lawsuits, construction on a $400 million casino and retail project by the Spokane Tribe will move forward, based on tribal officials. The facility, announced in 2006, could simply take up to ten years to complete, whatever the legal action.
Spokane Tribe Chairwoman, Carol Evans said construction in the $400 million casino project will carry on despite two lawsuits that are pending.
Tuesday, the three county commissioners voted unanimously to sue the US Interior Department in an attempt to block the development found in Airway Heights, a suburb nine miles from the second city that is largest in Washington State.
One other lawsuit is from the Kalispel Tribe, which own and operate the Northern Quest Casino around two miles through the proposed site.
They stated in the federal court to their filing that Spokane Tribe Casino ‘will have a devastating impact on Northern Quest, which funds nearly all of the Kalispel Tribe’s government operations.’
Group Touts Facility’s Benefits
The tribe that is rival adamant that its plans will continue and they believe they have gone through the necessary processes to build. Spokane Tribe Chairwoman Carol Evans told the Associated Press she had been ‘saddened by the lawsuit’ but said construction will not be halted.
The company held a job fair, Wednesday, to start hiring the anticipated 5,000 employees. In addition to the casino, the 145-acre project will feature a 300