Point Casino expansion open house on Wednesday

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Port Gamble S'Klalam expects to open its larger, new casino in early 2012.
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PORT GAMBLE — The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will host an open house Wednesday to provide information on the upcoming Point Casino expansion.

The open house is 6-7:30 p.m. in the Port Gamble S’Klallam Long House located on Little Boston Road.

“We know that our neighbors within the Kitsap community are curious about the casino’s expansion,” S’Klallam Chairman Jeromy Sullivan said in a press release.

“This open house is an opportunity for us to share information about the project, what it brings to the community, and what can be expected during construction.”

A construction update as well a discussion of issues related to traffic, tribal governance, and the sustainable building practices being used on this project will be given.

Leo Culloo, general manager of The Point Casino, will present an overview of the amenities and opportunities — including employment — the expansion will bring to the community. A Q&A will follow.

The Point Casino is located on the Port Gamble S’Klallam reservation. Visit

The planned 52,000-square-foot building will be constructed adjacent to the existing 20,000-square-foot building off Hansville Road. The tribe broke ground on the project Aug. 15 with hopes of opening the new casino in early 2012.

The new casino is smaller than the expansion plans discussed at a public meeting in 2007.

The new casino will be built using an aluminum framework and a fabric roofing material. The design gives the future building a domelike look, but it’s no tent, Point Marketing Director Scott Laursen said in a previous interview. The stretched fabric roofing is sturdy, fully insulated and allows for a wide-open floor plan inside.

The structure is expected to be assembled quickly. Plans call for the building to be constructed at the west side of the existing parking lot. The current Point Casino will remain open through the fall and winter, then be repurposed, Laursen said.

Plans for the new space include casual dining, a deli, expanded buffet, and a sports and cigar bar featuring a cabaret. The casino will  also  add  an  events  center capable of hosting entertainers and sporting events.

The Point will expand its existing staff of 126 employees with up to 80 new hires. Open positions will include everything from line cooks to management, Laursen said. The casino will host job fairs and hiring events in coming months.

The expansion shouldn’t require major changes to Hansville Road, Sullivan said. The tribe is working with Kitsap County Public Works and is interested in lengthening the turn lane.

Designs were reviewed by tribal departments to judge its cultural and environmental impact, Sullivan said. The fabric construction requires less intensive construction and less building waste. The plan includes vegetation buffers, stormwater filtration and tree plantings.

The tribe secured financing for the project this summer through East West Bank.


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