A new gambling and entertainment facility planned for the City of Delta has been approved by the BCLC.
The Cascades Casino Delta is set to be built on the 11-acre site of Delta town and Country near the south end of the George Massey Tunnel, next to the interchange of Highway 99 and Highway 17A. It will be constructed and operated by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment (GCE).
BCLC’s approval comes after an extensive review of the market opportunity, business case, health impacts, and municipal approval process.
Delta City Council approved the GCE’s project proposal in August 2018.
However, the plan was met with a dispute from the City of Richmond, which filed an objection with the BCLC expressing concerns of crime, traffic, and transportation issues with the new casino facility.
On October 15, a review concluded that the City of Richmond did not provide substantial documentation to support its concerns, and the BCLC went through with finalizing approval of the project.
The building will span a total floor area of about 61,000 sq. ft., including a 42,000+ sq. ft. casino floor and 124 guest rooms within an attached five-storey hotel building.
Three eateries are planned in the complex, including Match Eatery & Public House, The Buffet, and Atlas Steak + Fish. Each eatery will be about 5,000 sq. ft., and Match and Atlas will both have a seasonal outdoor patio.
There will be a total of 800 ground-level parking stalls. The building will cost an estimated $70 million to build, result in approximately 700 new jobs, and add an annual payroll of about $25 million.
Construction of the new Cascades Casino Delta will begin in early 2019 with the facility expected to open in mid-2020.
With files from Kenneth Chan.