ilani Casino Resort to Add Hotel as Part of Multi-Million Expansion

Ilani Casino Resort near La Center, Washington announced this week a major expansion plan that will include additional gaming space, new dining options, and a 14-story hotel.

The new 2,700-space, six-story parking garage at the hotel and casino complex is set to open sometime in November, it also became known.

The expansion at the property will kick off in mid-October with enlarging the existing gaming area. Ilani will add about 17,000 square feet to the casinoโ€™s floor space, Kara Fox-LaRose, President of the resort said Monday.

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Construction workers will remove a wall in the existing casino near the food court to make room for the planned expansion. Ilani is set to spend $30 million on increasing its gaming area. The project will include the addition of 200 new slot machines and more table games.

The new gaming space is scheduled to be completed next summer. The expansion will generate 200 new jobs, Ms. Fox-LaRose said. She further noted that they initially planned to open the expanded gaming area at the end of summer 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic forced casino management to push back groundbreaking.

Aside from the enlarged casino floor, ilani will have two new restaurants as part of its planned expansion. One of the new dining outlets will serve authentic Asian cuisine with an open-kitchen format. It will also feature an Asian-themed gaming area with table games.

The concept for the second restaurant is still in the planning stage, Ms. Fox-LaRose said Monday, but noted that it would include a sports betting area.

More Gaming Options Could Be Added in Future

The ilani President said that they are working with Washington lawmakers to secure permission to offer electronic table games at the resort. She added that they are looking at a number of different new products.

Ms. Fox-LaRose elaborated further that the gaming industry is evolving and that โ€œthere are lots of fun products out there, and we are going through the selection process.โ€

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Construction on the new ilani hotel is expected to start in the spring of 2021. The 14-story tower will feature 300 guest rooms, a swimming pool, and spa and fitness. Several hundred new jobs are expected to be generated as a result of the addition of the new hotel.

Ms. Fox-LaRose said that their goal is to develop a Four Diamond hotel as there are no other hotels ranked that high in Clark County, Washington. The ilani President said that they still donโ€™t have a cost estimate for the hotel, but would share that as developers get closer to breaking ground on the new facility.

Ilani opened doors in the spring of 2017. It is owned and operated by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe which secured reservation land for the hotel and casino resort in Clark County in 2015 after a prolonged legal battle.

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