Articles July 27, 2017

Pala Casino Plans $170 Million Expansion

Source: San Diego Business Journal

By Brad Graves, Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pala Casino Spa & Resort unveiled plans for a $170 million expansion and renovation of its property.

The work, announced July 27, will include a new, 349-room hotel tower, bringing the property to 854 rooms in total. The business also plans new hotel suites, as well as multiple swimming pools replacing its single pool.

The project will expand the casino area 13 percent to 102,000 square feet. The venue plans to offer 2,500 slot and video machines — up from the current 2,000 — as well as 88 table games.

Pala plans to completely remodel its restaurant area. Also planned are a complete refresh of the casino and a complete refresh of the existing hotel tower.

Construction is expected to begin in October and wrap up in May 2019.

San Francisco-based Level 10 Construction will oversee renovation and expansion. The architect is Klai Juba Wald of Las Vegas, assisted by Marks Architects of San Diego.

Pala, on the reservation of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, is one of several casinos in the inland portion of North County. Nearby properties on the Pechanga and Rincon Indian reservations have also expanded recently. The businesses draw visitors from all of Southern California and beyond.

“Our ability to exponentially expand and refresh Pala Casino Spa & Resort is a true testament to, not only the growth of Pala, but also to the thriving economy and the continued strength of the gaming industry in California,” said Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band, in a prepared statement. Smith called the new expansion “a significant milestone for our tribe.

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